Now is the time to hear what Ankara has to say on the Cyprus talks, Spokesman says

Now that the Turkish elections are over, is the time to hear what Ankara has to say on the resumption of the Cyprus peace talks, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA today.

Invited to comment on the election result in relation to UN Secretary Generals initiative to resume reunification talks, he expressed the Greek Cypriot sides readiness to take part in a fresh round of negotiations.

“Now, there are no longer any negative factors,” he said.

“The elections have taken place and we are wait for Turkey to respond to the United Nations Secretary Generals (Antonio Guterres) initiative to establish its true intentions with regard to Cyprus,” Prodromou pointed out.

Nicosia, he added, would like to see if anything has changed in relation to public statements on the part of Turkey and whether negotiations can resume.

In the recent past, Turkish government officials have expressed their intention to move away from a UN framework, relating to the resumption of the Cyprus peace talks.

“The Greek Cypriot side is ready to return to the negotiating table. It is high time, now that the elections are over, to hear from Ankara,” he stressed.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A UN-backed Conference on Cyprus in the summer of 2017 in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency