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Presidential Spokesman Osman Ertug said that the recent statements of Greek Spokesman Nikos Hristodulidis are negative and non-constructive at this time when the negotiations are expected to restart.

Referring to the words of Hristodulidis such as President Derviş Eroglu refused the road map put forward, Ertuğ emphasized that in the recent critical period they do not intend to get into polemic on either the issue of hydrocarbons or the continuation of negotiations with Hristodulidis but it will be beneficial to remind the issue.

Ertuğ used the statements “the real reason for negotiations to be stalled since October is not the one-sided activities of the Greek Cypriot side on hydrocarbon issue, but it is their avoiding of the exercise to start ‘give and take’ at the negotiations. However the parties now need to go beyond these discussions; since it’s critically important to take the advantage of the arising opportunity window with a forward-looking approach.”

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