Akinci expresses doubt over Anastasiades' sincerity and intentions
In an exclusive interview with Cyprus Mirror, President Akinci implied that he had serious doubts regarding the Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastiades’s sincerity and intentions regarding the task of agreeing on the terms of references that will ignite the start of a new and hopefully final round of talks.
‘The Greek Cypriot Leader intentions will be clarified through his actions. I don’t want to say that he is not sincere because today is not the day to do so’ President Akinci said.
Stressing that is was imperative for the Greek Cypriot side to clarify it stance on the matter and expressed his hope that they would come to that point as soon as possible.
Reminding that both leaders had the responsibility of explaining the issues based on the true status. However if one side were going to continue with the efforts of only creating myths and false perceptions progress would be far from possible.
Also stating that for progress to be made political will and determination was needed, Mr Akinci said that the Turkish Cypriot side had shown nothing but that during the whole process.
Slamming the insinuations by the Greek Cypriot authorities that the political equality was demanded by Turkey and therefore Akinci was conveying this demand at the negotiation table, President Akinci said that this was the desire of the Turkish Cypriot people and political equality was the what he was going to demand as their elected leader.
‘We want to clarify the former agreements between the two sides and continue on our way’ said President Akinci adding that this was also expected from the Greek Cypriot side by himself and the United Nations Secretary General.
Also slamming the efforts of the Greek Cypriot authorities to mock the demand of the Turkish Cypriot side to have effective participation in the decision making bodies in the federal government President Akinci said that this was a must and he would not allow the Greek Cypriot Leadership to back off of any former agreements such as decisive vote in the Council of Ministers of the federal cabinet, adding that basis of political equality was rotating presidency and effective participation in the decision making processes.
If there is a will there is many ways to come to an agreement on the terms of references’ said President Akinci also expressing his displeasure of the inconsistency of Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastiasiades’ statements regarding the framework if the targeted model for a solution.
Underlining his principle of not trying to move forward without trying put the blame on any other party regarding the deadlocks and failures of the process, President Akinci said that the Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastiasdes started every speech by stating that he didn’t want to go into a blame game and in his second sentence he blame everyone apart from himself regarding the problems the process faced.
Explaining that after his meeting with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York he understood that the UN Secretary General was in desire to assist the two sides and other party’s in finding a way forward, President Akinci warned that if the two sides did not add to the Secretary General’s efforts by staying loyal to the former agreements, the Un Chief could not take the matter further even if he wanted to.
“If we are seen as two leaders constantly quarrelling on irrelevant issues, Gutteres will think twice before he decides to intervene” President Akinci warned.
Finally speaking on the natural gas issue, President Akinci said that it would a positive move to cover ground and make progress on the gas issues without a solution to the Cyprus problem, however he also added that didn’t seem possible at this point.