Govt. Rejects Eroglu Accusations
The government has rejected Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu's accusation that the Greek-Cypriots did not bring any proposals to the table at a recent Geneva meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, said government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou.
The Turkish-Cypriot side proposed a "suffocating timetable" and an international conference and has failed to stick to his promise of ending the blame game, said Stefanou. Eroglu's insistence on a two-state solution instead of a bi-zonal, bicommunal federation is also holding reunification talks back, he said.
"If the Turkish-Cypriot side accepted a solution based on UN resolutions...an agreement may actually soon be in reach," said the spokesman.
During the press conference, Stefanou also commented on press reports that government employees have been paid millions in overtime, saying that expenditure on overtime dropped by 25 percent in 2010, compared to 2009. In 2010, overtime payments totalled 30 million, he said.
He explained away a figure of 87 million euros published in the media, saying that that figure included benefits and holiday shifts for medical service staff in particular.