NICOSIA - Efforts to resume reunification talks are close to collapsing, President Anastasiades said on Wednesday.
Expressing his sadness, Anastasiades placed the blame on the intransigent attitude of the Turkish side and said that the two sides could not agree on the "basic principles." He was speaking only hours after the Turkish Cypriots rejected a new proposal that he had submitted.
Anastasiades insists that a joint communiqué outlining the key features of an envisioned federated Cyprus must precede any resumption of formal peace talks.
He said that the Turkish Cypriots are seeking either two separate states or a confederation made up of two sovereign states.
He insisted on UN Security Council decisions and resolutions that Cyprus should have “one international identity, one and only sovereignty and one and only nationality”.
Earlier yesterday, Turkish Cypriot negotiator Osman Ertug informed UN special envoy Alexander Downer that Anastasiades’ proposal was not acceptable.
Upon his return from an official visit to Egypt, the president said, the National Council will be convened to draft policy.