NICOSIA - President Anastasiades yesterday slammed the UN special envoy on Cyprus saying that what the divided island needs is an objective mediator rather than a ‘divine figure’.
Days only before Alexander Downer is due to visit the island for fresh efforts to kick-start the stalled UN-brokered Cyprus peace talks, Anastasiades sent a stiff warning in a live interview with state broadcaster CyBC.
He said: “Up to a degree, the Cyprus problem is linked with the economy but the Greek Cypriot side will not accept any pressure or any set conditions because of the prevailing bad economy.”
And referring specifically to Downer, he said: “We do not need a divine figure. What we need is objectivity from those serving the principles of the United Nations and respect to what – from time to time - has been agreed between the two sides.”