Let us hope, to the extent that this can be permitted to us anymore, that after the referendum (in April, in Turkey) it will not be possible, at long last, for pretexts to be used in order for Turkey to avoid its responsibilities, said today the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.
In his remarks to reporters, on the sidelines of the ceremony for the presentation of the Export Awards, at the Presidential Palace, and in response to a question as to when he will send a letter to the UN Secretary General in which he will offer an account of all that has taken place at the negotiating table, President Anastasiades said that “I had decided to respond immediately following Mr Akinci’s letter, but in my desire to preserve the climate, hoping that he would attend the scheduled meeting of last Thursday, I thought I should allow some interlude.
It seems that there is no longer an interlude and consequently it will be sent next Tuesday at the latest. The content has already been conveyed through our Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the presentation of his credentials.”
Asked whether he thinks that all that took place is because the Turks desire the freezing of the talks until the referendum in Turkey or if something else is sought, the President said that “I want to believe that, on the one hand, is the referendum; the main objective of Turkey or of President Erdogan is to achieve what he seeks. And secondly, because of an unwillingness to reveal their intentions on the basis of rhetoric they have unfolded with regard to the issues of security, guarantees or the stay of troops.
But I don’t want to engage in conjectures. Let us hope, to the extent that this can be permitted to us anymore, that after the referendum it will not be possible, at long last, for pretexts to be used in order for Turkey to avoid its responsibilities.”/IBNA