15 January 2014 09:38

NICOSIA - The leaders of Opposition Akel and Republican Turkish Party in the north on Tuesday called for a speedy resumption of Cyprus peace talks stalled over the wording of a communiqué clarifying the solution’s basis.
Leftist RTP’s Ozkan Yorgancioglu said after talks at Akel’s headquarters in the free area that both community leaders should stop ‘playing with words’.
He also said: “The prolonged stalemate in negotiations, the prolonged lack of a settlement in Cyprus damages both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots…a solution will only help efforts towards the economy of both sides.”
The joint communiqué is a precondition for President Anastasiades before the UN-brokered process resumes because he refuses to start talks for the sake of talks.
Especially since Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu openly disputes the principle of sovereignty and refers to a two-state solution which is against UN resolutions and high-level agreements on Cyprus.
Nonetheless, Yorgancioglu argued that the two sides are very close to reaching agreement on the communiqué. And that it would be a shame for all those efforts to bear no fruit.
Akel’s leader Andros Kyprianou said the basis of the solution was clear enough when former president Demetris Christofias was negotiating with RTP founder and then community leader Mehmet Ali Talat.
“We believe that there was a sufficient and satisfactory basis for the negotiations to restart. It was provided in the two Christofias-Talat joint statements read out in 2008 and on the agreement reached between them on the issue of sovereignty,” he added.


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