Akıncı: Cyprus negotiations are ongoing but the new Guarantee system must also include Turkey
President Mustafa Akıncı stated that establishing a system of guarantees which excludes Turkey and expecting the Turkish Cypriots to accept such a system is not possible.
President Akıncı outlined his concerns in a statement to the press following his meeting with the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades as part of the second round of intensified Cyprus negotiations.
The President also stated that they have agreed with the Greek Cypriot Leader not to make any public statements regarding the negotiations until 14 September. ‘‘We agreed to make a joint press statement on 14 September and announce our meeting with the Secretary General of the EU which will be held on 24 September. Unfortunately the Greek side did not abide by the agreement’’.
“Despite our agreement, Anastasiades unilaterally announced the meeting. This kind of behaviour will not benefit the negotiation process.”
“We have nothing to hide. We simply want to abide by the agreement – this was the only reason for not holding a press conference after the last meeting.”
“I hope we will have an opportunity to make a statement on 14 September to evaluate the latest stage of the negotiations in a positive way. There are some convergences and positive developments in the negotiation process. There is a common aim. I believe that both sides understand the importance of reaching a solution before the end of 2016.”
President Akıncı also outlined that both sides need to work hard in October and make good use of their time in order to find a solution in 2016.
“Of course we will continue the negotiations in Cyprus after the meeting in New York. All parties should be willing to hold a multilateral meeting before the end of October.”
Akıncı added that all chapters have to be taken up one-by-one, and that the Security and Guarantees chapter is yet to be discussed in detail.
Remains of 9 persons found at Güzelyurt Cemetery
Gülden Plümer Küçük, the Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons, has made a statement to the TAK Agency regarding the remains of 9 persons were found during the excavations at Güzelyurt Cemetery.
In her statement, Küçük noted that one of the persons was wearing a military uniform. Currently, there are no plans to start any other excavations at Güzelyurt cemetery, unless some new information comes to light.
According to the information provided by the Committee on Missing Persons, 1,508 Greek Cypriots and 493 Turkish Cypriots (2,001 persons in total) went missing between 1963-64 and in 1974.
Martyred Soldier Allahverdi Kılıç to be commemorated
The Martyred Soldier Allahverdi Kılıç will be commemorated on the 20th anniversary of his death.
The commemoration ceremony will be held at the observation post in Güvercinlik village where he was martyred.
Allahverdi Kılıç was killed by Greek Cypriot soldiers in 1996 while keeping guard on military service.
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