Nicosia made clear yesterday it would not accept a ‘trial run’ of direct trade between the EU and the Turkish occupied north.
“The government would like to clarify that under no circumstances will it accept such proposals or suggestions,” said deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos.
His comments followed a report in Sunday’s Phileleftheros of moves underway in Brussels to push for direct trade between the EU and the occupied north on a ‘trial basis.’
President Anastasiades will have the opportunity to discuss any actions or suggestions concerning the issue with Enlargement Commissioner Stephan Fule in Brussels on Thursday morning, Papadopoulos said.
The President will also “clarify the government’s position that such proposals, if they exist, can only cause problems, especially after the resumption of the talks for a solution to the Cyprus issue and therefore will not be accepted”.
The remarks came as the president warned of the difficulties ahead in the UN sponsored talks. “I must say that the first indications are not as encouraging as we would like them to be. That is why I am saying that the struggle begins now and it will be difficult,” he said.