Cyprus president Anastasiades calls Akinci to return to negotiating table

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Cyprus president Anastasiades calls Akinci to return to negotiating tablePresident Nicos Anastasiades called on the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to abandon his accusations and return to the negotiating table

President Nicos Anastasiades called on the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to abandon his accusations and return to the negotiating table in a constructive manner, in order to reach a solution in Cyprus that would meet the expectations of both communities.

Speaking at the Presidential Palace, after Thursday’s meeting between himself and Akinci, President Anastasiades expressed disappointment for the outcome of the meeting.

During their short meeting in the framework of the negotiations for a Cyprus solution, which began at 10am, Anastasiades and Akinci elaborated on their positions as regards a decision taken by the Cypriot Parliament on Friday to commemorate the 1950 Enosis Referendum in schools.

President Anastasiades stressed that while the discussion was taking place in a friendly and constructive manner, after a short break as a result of a disagreement between the Greek Cypriot side and the UN, the Turkish Cypriot delegation left the meeting without any reason.

The President said that the Turkish Cypriot leader’s claims as to what happened during today’s meeting are not the real facts and expressed his belief that UN Secretary General Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide, who was present at the meeting, will set things straight.

Replying to a question, the President expressed the view that the stance of the Turkish Cypriot side during today’s meeting had been decided in advance.

He emphasised that the Greek Cypriot side and himself remain fully committed to the achievement of a viable and functional solution of the Cyprus problem, and the continuation of the dialogue as agreed before the UN Secretary General on January 12, 2017.

Source: CNA

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