Spokesman says announcement on withdrawal of map constitutes intervention in elections

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said that the announcement regarding the withdrawal by the Turkish Cypriot leader of the map on the territory, constitutes a clear attempt to intervene in the presidential elections, that take place in Cyprus on Sunday.

The Spokesman was invited by journalists at the Presidential Palace to comment on reports from the Turkish Cypriot side that upon the Turkish Cypriot leader’s request, the UN returned the map on territory which the Turkish Cypriot side tabled during the peace talks for a Cyprus solution on the 11th of January 2017, in Geneva.

Christodoulides said that questions arise regarding the timing that T/c leader Mustafa Akinci chose to make such a statement, by justifying his action with the argument that the President of Cyprus withdrew the proposals in Crans Montana, – which is known to everyone -, including Mr Akinci, and is recorded in the documents from the 7th of July 2017, when the deliberations in Crans Montana were concluded.

So, he added, everyone must ask themselves about Mr Akinci’s intentions, only a few days before the presidential elections.

Replying to questions, he said that this constitutes a clear attempt to intervene in the presidential elections.

Christodoulides added that it is also a clear message to the international community, the UN Secretary-General himself and the Permanent Members of the Security Council � who, in a resolution, a few days ago, they called for a resumption of talks � about which is truly the side which does not seek the resumption of talks.

‘This is what we have been saying for so long and this is confirmed by Mr Akincis action’ he went on to say.

The Spokesman said that the government will contact the UN and make the necessary representations, but added that they will discuss with the UN and when there are developments they will state their position in a responsible manner.

‘We will not follow any irresponsible behavior. The management of the Cyprus problem is a very serious issue’ he pointed out.

Concluding, he said that the government was aware of Akinci’s intentions since they were informed by the UN by the end of December, but said that they did not know that there was a development towards this direction, because neither the UN had seen this positively.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Repeated UN-led negotiations have not yet yielded any results to reunite the country under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency