The resumption of Cyprus settlement talks crucially coincides with the threat of a government crisis. The storm seems almost inevitable as government coalition Diko’s new leadership is firmly opposed to the agreed joint declaration that has opened the way for the resumption of UN sponsored peace talks tomorrow.
Hoping to temper reaction to the document, President Anastasiades yesterday sent a message of consensus, assuring he had not deviated a single iota from his pre-election commitment to Diko.
The response was immediate, with the centre party – which yesterday held the second round of its leadership elections - branding the President’s statement as meddling in its internal affairs.
Diko said it was gravely concerned that Anastasiades believed the document to be a good start.
The coalition partners’ face-off comes as the Turkish side sounded an upbeat note.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu referred to real momentum while Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu claimed that separate referenda could be held as early as July.