Anastasiades sees a new initiative on Cyprus issue after elections

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his conviction that a new effort for talks on Cyprus issue will resume after next January’s presidential elections.

Speaking during an anti-occupation event for Morphou, held in Astromeritis on Sunday, Anastasiades said he was ready to do everything possible to succeed in finding a solution.

He also expressed the hope that in the new effort sufficient preparation will take place before a conference and warned those who misinformed the UN Secretary-General thus leading the last effort to an impasse not to repeat their performance.

“Before we proceed to a new conference, those that led us to the present deadlocks must take responsibility, including those that even misinformed the UN Secretary-general,” he pointed out adding that he hoped dialogue between the two sides would resume and said similar periods of silence had occurred in the past.

Regarding the collapse of talks in Crans Montana on last July, he blamed Turkish side for intransigence stressing that Turkish Cypriots were also concerned about the ‘Islamisation’ of the north and their concerns were very important during negotiations.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he was ready to hear concrete ideas, from the two leaders, on how to move forward in peace efforts. His Good Offices mission would undertake a new initiative when the leaders were ready he said. This was the first indication that Anastasiades, who repeatedly said he was ready to resume talks anytime, under certain conditions, would rather wait until after the elections before signalling his support for a new initiative.

Anastasiades has not formally announced his candidacy for presidential elections at the end of January 2018, but he is expected to do so on Saturday.

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