TRNC News Today 20th January 2016
Akıncı: “Davos meeting is important”
Making a statement to the press before his departure to Davos, President Akıncı said that he will attend a trilateral meeting for the first time with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades. Akıncı stated that the meeting has a great significance in terms of evaluating the progress reached so far as well as determining the next stage of the talks.
Stating that he has a scheduled meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden, President Akıncı said that he will also speak at a panel regarding the future of Cyprus.
Akıncı: “Turkey has an important role in the solution process”
President Mustafa Akıncı and the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met in Davos. During a one-hour meeting, President Akıncı and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu exchanged views on the ongoing negotiations with the aim of finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Making a statement to the Turkish Cypriot daily Kıbrıs Newspaper, Akıncı said that he discussed developments regarding the negotiation process with Prime Minister Davutoğlu and added that Turkey has an important role in a solution to be found in Cyprus. “Turkey’s support is always with us”, said Akıncı.
Burcu: “A well-intentioned attempt”
Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu stated that the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anastasiades’ effort to include Turkish as “among the official languages of the EU” is “a well-intentioned step.”
In his speech to Anadolu Agency, Burcu stated that Anastasiades brought up the issue at the recent leaders’ summit and he said, “‘The Republic of Cyprus’ in which we were also the partner in 1960, Turkish was one of the official languages”.
Burcu said: “Turkish will be one of the official languages of the prospective united federation, if we come to any agreement.”
Burcu also described Anastasiades’ initiative regarding Turkish to be among the official languages of the EU as ‘a late step’ and he also said that when the Republic of Cyprus became an EU Member, an agreement should have been reached and Turkish should have been an official EU language.
At the end of his speech Burcu said that the Turkish language will be one of the official EU languages and this will provide great convenience in the institutional sense.
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