Cavusoglu's statements are undermining the effort to resume negotiations
AKEL C.C. Press Office, 10 September 2019, Nicosia
AKEL denounces the unacceptable and provocative statements made by the Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu during his illegal visit to the occupied territories. These statements undermine the effort underway currently for a resumption of substantive negotiations on the basis of the agreed framework.
If all the sides mean that they respect the convergences, then the withdrawals by both sides must be terminated and the relative convergence confirmed.
Mr. Akinci must accept that the one positive vote will only be demanded in some low-level bodies and not in all. As far as Mr. Anastasiades himself is concerned, he must return to the convergence that the one positive Turkish Cypriot vote is demanded in decision-making in the Council of Ministers.
At the same time, we welcome the fact that forces within the Turkish Cypriot community are resisting the policy and rhetoric of Mr. Cavousoglou and his government, and are denouncing his colonialist views. They are not 'traitors', as Mr. Cavusoglu characterizes them. They are the real patriotic Cypriots who are struggling for the Turkish Cypriot community’s identity. For an independent, free and reunited Cyprus for all Cypriots. For a bi-zonal, bicommunal federal solution with political equality as outlined in the UN Security Council Resolutions.