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Newly elected Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades waves to supporters. REUTERS photo

Newly elected Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades waves to supporters. REUTERS photo

EU Minister Egemen Bağış called on Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, who won the presidential election, to gather with his Turkish Cypriot counterparts at the earliest opportunity, noting that he was ready to host all elected leaders of the island on the Bosphorus, provided that they come to Istanbul together.

“We are ready to press the ‘reset’ button for resolution of the Cyprus issue,” Bağış told the Anatolia news agency yesterday, adding that every election is a new start.

“Within this context, our first advice to the new leader of the South Cyprus Greek Administration, the election of whom within the framework of democratic rules we congratulate, is his gathering with his counterparts in the KKTC [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] at the earliest opportunity. After his meeting with [KKTC] Prime Minister İrsen Küçük and [KKTC] President Derviş Eroğlu; if they come to Istanbul, provided that they come all together, our invitation for having fish at a table overlooking the Bosphorus [stands]. We would be pleased to host all elected leaders of the island.”

Greek Cypriots elected a leader for their society but not a head of a state, Bağış underlined. “I hope that a permanent reunification takes place in the island and then the United States of Cyprus has a legitimate president.” Bağiş recalled that Anastasiades was one of the politicians to come out in favor of a 2004 plan to reunify the island proposed by Kofi Annan.

“The earlier stance of the elected person in favor of the Annan plan in the past can be considered as an appropriate choice he made in the past. However, this appropriate will does not have any meaning today or in the future as long as it does not continue on the same axis. We hope that this axis does not shift to other directions with pressure from different circles,” Bağiş said.

According to Bağış, Anastasiades has a “serious opportunity” to hold his will without bowing to pressure from other circles.


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Chris Green

2/26/2013 11:51:07 AM

The quoted passage from Bagis was either poorly translated or it was a load of gobbledygook in the first place! Too many mixed metaphors! However, I do not believe that the Cyprus talks are high on the Greek Cyp list of things to do. Clerides told Denktas that he (Clerides) had no need to agree anything with RRD and this guy maybe of a similar view. The GC start point is 100% of the island. Anything that they concede they see as lost! Better formal annexation or a recognised 2-state island!

OZman Cometh

2/26/2013 11:49:56 AM

Türkiye like its people is multifaceted, look East, West, North and South. We need a slice of Antarctica I say.

dogan kemal ileri

2/26/2013 10:08:35 AM

Blue Beyond do you think Turkiye is that naive as to limit her options just to the EU? Remember many a true word is spoken in anger. Turkiye should sit on the fence and grow and grow.

john albay

2/26/2013 10:04:23 AM

The greek occupied side of cyprus will Never agree to anything less than a 100% greek run island,with as few Turkish cypriots as possable. It starts with who is and who is not Turkish cypriot according to the greeek cypriots,what arrogance.Then the problem of who can live where,who owns a house or field(the greeks think they own everythin!!) The sooner we are part of Turkey the better,thank god the Turkish military are in the TRNC to protect us from the evil greek cypriots!!

Blue Beyond

2/26/2013 2:39:02 AM

So, Turkey has decided that its about face toward the east was a mistake after all.
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