Cyprus Talks Remain at Impasse as Anastasiades Places Blame on Turkey

The Cyprus Talks, aimed at reunifying the divided, island have once again come to an impasse following Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci canceling his appearance at a scheduled meeting last month.

On Tuesday evening, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades gave an interview on Skai TV’s “Stories” program where he placed the blame for the stand-still in progress with the meetings on the Turkish government, saying: “The influence exercised by Ankara, either via the presence of the army or via the economic dependence of Turkish Cypriots, has created a situation which, I have to say, is disappointing.”

Anastasiades also added that he was disappointed that the reaction of Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was to cancel his participation at the Cyprus Talks on February 23, because of the decision by Greek-Cypriot lawmakers on Cyprus to pay tribute to the 1950 “enosis” referendum seeking union with Greece.

The talks have come to an impasse after Akinci canceled the February 23 meeting.