Anas­tasi­ades seeks to res­cue talks

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One day after face-to-face talks be­tween lead­ers of di­vided Cyprus broke off, Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades yes­ter­day sought to play down ten­sions ahead of the next sched­uled meet­ing be­tween the two sides on Thurs­day.

“I call on the Turk­ish-Cypriot leader to be present at the next meet­ing so that through a con­struc­tive di­a­logue we can forge the con­di­tions that will al­low us to be op­ti­mistic about a pos­i­tive out­come,” he said.

“I do not wish, in any way, to en­gage in an un­nec­es­sary blame game, es­pe­cially after the pub­lic ex­pla­na­tion by the UN en­voy,” Anas­tasi­ades added, re­fer­ring to the United Na­tions’ Espen Barth Eide, who is over­see­ing the peace ne­go­ti­a­tions that have been on­go­ing for al­most two years.

Eide said that Mustafa Ak­inci, the leader of the break­away state in the oc­cu­pied north of Cyprus, was the one who aban­doned Thurs­day’s talks, a view that is be­ing con­tested by the Turk­ish-Cypriot side.

The lat­est set­back to the ne­go­ti­a­tions came in the wake of in­dig­na­tion among Turk­ish Cypri­ots at a de­ci­sion by Cyprus’s Par­lia­ment to adopt a res­o­lu­tion on Fe­bru­ary 9 com­mem­o­rat­ing a 1950 un­of­fi­cial ref­er­en­dum seek­ing union, or “eno­sis,” with Greece.

Greek-Cypriot of­fi­cials, how­ever, in­sist that re­cent com­ments and diplo­matic ma­neu­vers com­ing from the ri­val camp sug­gest that its mo- tives are of a dif­fer­ent sort.

Yes­ter­day, Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim re­peated a re­quest that post-so­lu­tion, Turk­ish na­tion­als should be given the four EU free­doms – free move­ment of peo­ple, goods, ser­vices and cap­i­tal – in a fed­eral Cyprus. Yildirim also re­peated that Turkey will not aban­don the mul­ti­party ne­go­ti­a­tions, stress­ing how­ever, that a Cyprus set­tle­ment must en­sure Turkey’s con­tin­ued sta­tus as a guar­an­tor power.

New Democ­racy leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis pre­pares to ad­dress Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing a speech by Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras. The de­bate fo­cused on stalled bailout talks, with each side blam­ing the other for the im­passe.

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