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Akel accuses Anastasiades of destroying GC side’s credibility

Stephanos Stephanou

Main opposition Akel on Wednesday accused President Nicos Anastasiades of undermining the credibility of the Greek Cypriot side with his ‘new ideas’ the party said were outside the Guterres framework for talks and not in line with convergences reached between the two sides in previous negotiations.

Akel spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said: “It is obvious that instead of seeking agreement on the terms of reference, a task which the UN Secretary-General asked the two sides to do, essentially they have both now entered into a blame game.”

Stephanou said no one had asked Anastasiades to accept the Turkish Cypriot side’s perspective on political equality as they defined it. “But this does not mean that the president can table new ideas, which are not included in Guterres framework or which negate existing convergences,” he added.

“Unfortunately, he has”.

Stephanou said Anastasiades had introduced the notion of a decentralised federation. He had gone back on what had been agreed in Crans-Montana on the positive vote for the Turkish Cypriot community and was now rehashing the notion of a parliamentary democracy with a rotating prime ministership and a symbolic presidency and vice presidency, which had previously been rejected in negotiations.

“In this way, Mr Anastasiades destroys the Guterres framework, which he claims he wants to protect,” Stephanou added.

“With such approaches the president is affecting the possibility of resuming negotiations and is destroying the credibility of the Greek Cypriot sides, leaving it exposed to the international community. With this trust deficit, how is the president to convince the United Nations that it is the  Turkish that is trying to subvert the Guterres framework?”

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