NICOSIA - The Turkish Cypriot side has rejected a proposal made by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades as regards the content of a joint communiqué that will pave the way for the resumption of UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem the Cyprus News Agency said on Wednesday.
Turkish Cypriot negotiator Osman Ertug informed UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Alexander Downer about the Turkish Cypriot side’s negative response to Anastasiades’ proposal during a meeting they had on Wednesday morning.
Later on Downer had a meeting with Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis whom he informed on the Turkish Cypriot side’s response. Downer also had early in the afternoon a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
According to a CNA source, the Turkish Cypriot side made changes to the proposal, which cannot be accepted by the Greek Cypriot side.
The Turkish Cypriots side was absolutely intransigent and therefore we have reached a deadlock, the source noted.
Furthermore, it said that the Greek Cypriot side will re-evaluate the situation and decide on further actions once President Anastasiades returns back from his official visit to Egypt.
Meanwhile, spoeaking in Nicosia on Wednesday, President Anastasiades expressed regret that because of the intransigence of the Turkish side, efforts to have the talks resume appear to be heading to an impasse.