Cyprus talks hang in the bal­ance

Ak­inci re­fuses to at­tend meet­ing af­ter Ni­cosia de­cides to honor ‘eno­sis’ ref­er­en­dum

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The United Na­tions-backed­peace talks to re­unify eth­ni­cally di­vided Cyprus are up in the air af­ter Turk­ish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci’s de­ci­sion not to at­tend to­day’s sched­uled weekly meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades over the re­cent de­ci­sion by Greek Cypri­ots to pay tribute to a 1950s ref­er­en­dum de­mand­ing “eno­sis,” or union, with Greece.

Turk­ish Cypri­ots have de­mand- ed that Greek Cypri­ots with­draw the par­lia­men­tary de­ci­sion stip­u­lat­ing that schools should com­mem­o­rate the 1950 ref­er­en­dum.

Although the call for union was dropped more than 40 years ago, Turk­ish Cypri­ots say the tim­ing of the de­ci­sion was in­ap­pro­pri­ate and dis­re­spect­ful to their com­mu­nity, while a spokesman for Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan called on the Greek Cypri- ots to take back the de­ci­sion say­ing the ball was in their court now to get the talks restarted.

Anas­tasi­ades ac­knowl­edged the tim­ing of the ac­tion was wrong, but in­sisted that Turk­ish Cypri­ots were over­re­act­ing, and that he is ready to pick up talks where they left off.

The leg­is­la­tion was in­tro­duced ear­lier this month by the far-right ELAM party, which has strong ties to Golden Dawn. Rul­ing DISY ab­stained from the vote while the main op­po­si­tion party, com­mu­nist AKEL, voted against.

The talks be­tween both sides be­gan more than 18 months ago with the aim of re­unit­ing the is­land un­der a fed­eral um­brella.

Only Greek Cypri­ots took part in the 1950 ref­er­en­dum and voted over­whelm­ingly for union with Greece (more than 95 per­cent).

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