Disy leader Averof Neophytou said on Wednesday Turkish Cypriots would decide the outcome of the European parliamentary elections on Sunday, if Greek Cypriots abstain from voting.
“If Greek Cypriot voters do not participate in the elections and the abstention is high among Greek Cypriot voters, the weight of the Turkish Cypriot vote will increase. And, you know there is a reserve of about 81,000 votes,” he said.
Neophytou said he was concerned that the Turkish Cypriots could affect the voting results, if the Greek Cypriots fail to head to the polls.
The Disy leader’s comments come at a time the party has been scrutinised for one of their candidates, Eleni Stavrou-Syrou, suggesting Turkish Cypriot candidate for Akel, Niyazi Kizilyurek, is Ankara’s stooge.
The party’s actions sparked a backlash from moderate voters who disputed the party’s European and liberal credentials and even its will for reunification.
Stavrou-Syrou suggested that if Kizilyurek was elected he would not represent the “Republic of Cyprus’ Greeks but the ‘hapless’ community of the Turks of Cyprus.”
Disy leader Averof Neophytou has sought to distance himself from his MP’s comment, but has been heavily criticised for keeping her on the ticket nevertheless.
“I don’t think any Turkish Cypriot is Ankara’s stooge. I consider Turkish Cypriots our compatriots. It’s the breakaway state that is Ankara’s subordinate (administration),” he said.