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Morphou mayor urges Anastasiades to resume talks

The Morphou municipal council urged President Nicos Anastasiades to recommence the settlement talks before it’s too late, mayor Victoras Hadjiavraam said on Friday

Following the debacle that came after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s expressed willingness to accept the ‘Guterres Framework’ enquiring if the Greek Cypriot would be willing to do the same, the occupied town’s municipal council expressed concerns as to the ongoing stalemate.

Hadjiavraam said time was of the essence, especially since those displaced by the invasion and subsequent occupation were dying.

“We have a process that is stagnant, people who are dying, I don’t know who will be left to claim anything in the end,” the mayor told the Cyprus Mail.

He added that the community council would have a meeting with Anastasiades later in the month.

The municipal council stressed in a letter to Anastasiades the need for the recommencement of the talks and that they are strong supporters of actions aimed at reaching a settlement solution.

It also said in a statement that they expressed their readiness to support Anastasiades’ efforts.

The municipal council also expressed concerns over the “unprecedented” construction fever in Morphou, and the fait accompli this would create, which “tend to wipe out any hope of a possible solution”.

“The great stagnation observed in the talks, but above all the fact that neither we nor the political leadership of our country have any prospect of a prompt resumption of dialogue, is causing great upset and concern among the refugee world,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, time does not wait for anyone”.

The stagnation only serves to consolidate the status quo brought about by the invasion, it said.

The municipal council also expressed desire to return to Morphou, “provided that the conditions for a successful dialogue are assured as soon as possible at the negotiation table”.

“We hope that with the arrival of the new envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General in Cyprus, there will be the desired outcome for resuming the talks aimed at developing a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem,” it said.

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