Cyprus leader sees de­lay in process

Anas­tasi­ades: Ankara con­trol­ling Ak­inci, meet­ings un­likely to re­sume be­fore April

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A few days af­ter the lat­est round of Cyprus peace talks stalled, Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades said he be­lieved Turk­ish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci would not re­turn to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble be­fore a con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum sched­uled to be held in Tur­key in April.

In com­ments to the English­language Cyprus Weekly and the Turk­ish-Cypriot Havadis Gazetesi, Anas­tasi­ades de­clared that Ankara con­trols the Turk­ish-Cypriot lead­er­ship “whether Ak­inci ac­cepts it or not.”

Com­ment­ing on Turk­ish-Cypriot de­mand for a ro­tat­ing pres­i­dency, Anas­tasi­ades ques­tioned why the Turk­ish-Cypriot side in­sists on fo­cus­ing on this is­sue rather than oth­ers such as ter­ri­to­rial ad­just­ments and the mat­ter of for­eign guar­an­tees. This, he said, demon­strates the in­abil­ity of the Turk- ish-Cypriot side to re­spond to the con­cerns of Greek Cypri­ots. He said the pri­or­ity should be to re­solve do­mes­tic is­sues be­fore dis­cus­sions be­gin on the in­ter­na­tional as­pects of a so­lu­tion, such as se­cu­rity.

Mean­while, Anas­tasi­ades was yes­ter­day mourn­ing the death of Lio, his dog that was ac­ci­den­tally run over and killed by a mem­ber of the Cyprus Presidential Guard.

Lio had been given to Anas­tasi­ades by his daugh­ters, Ino and Elsa, on the oc­ca­sion of his win­ning the pres­i­dency. The dog was known to roam freely on the premises of the Presidential Palace be­fore it got caught un­der one of the back wheels of the guard’s car.

In a Face­book post, Anas­tasi­ades bid farewell to the York­shire ter­rier, say­ing he had “lost a friend.”

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