The passive monitoring of developments and absence of substantive initiatives only serves Turkey
Statement by Aristos Damianou, AKEL Political Bureau member and MP on the Cyprus problem
11TH July 2021, AKEL C.C. Press Office, Nicosia
Turkey’s illegal actions in Famagusta and the reports that the occupying power is planning to impose new partitionist fait accompli in the coming weeks, burden our side and especially Mr. Anastasiades with an increased responsibility.
The President of the Republic, in view of the upcoming meeting of the National Council and given the UN Secretary General’s Report on his Good Offices Mission, must inform the political forces on the issue and take substantive initiatives before the situation becomes irreversible.
The fact that the UN and Mr. Guterres are sounding the alarm and focusing their attention primarily on the two leaders, instead of Turkey, is indicative of the situation of untrustworthines in which we have found ourselves.
We once again call on President Anastasiades to make use of AKEL’s proposal on the Cyprus problem to bring Turkey back to the negotiating table or – if this is not achieved – to expose it to the international community as the one responsible for the ongoing deadlock. The passive monitoring of developments and the absence of substantive initiatives only serves Turkey.