May 31, 2023

Akıncı discussed the points of consensus in more detail in the Cyprus talks

Upon returning to the Office of the President following a two hour meeting with Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades, President Mustafa Akıncı said that it is not possible to have a pessimistic view of the Cyprus negotiations as everything has not yet been completed.

Akıncı said that both sides made further progress in the negotiations and both Leaders were therefore optimistic about the developments.


Akıncı said that the two Leaders discussed in more detail issues which had previously been agreed, and assessed the current situation of the talks. While all of the chapters are important, and some chapters are yet to be agreed, the two main chapters – Territorial Adjustments, and Security & Guarantees – will be discussed again in the coming sessions.

The main objective of the talks – to find a lasting and comprehensive settlement – remains the same, Akıncı said, and both sides will continue with the intensified talks in order to reach this aim before the end of 2016.

Akıncı said that “the issue of Security & Guarantees is also important for us. We have made known our point of view on this issue but when we mention the issue of Security & Guarantees, we are talking about an international agreement. The issue could therefore be concluded in an environment where Turkey, Greece and the UK are also present.”

Presidential Spokesperson highlights that “there will be a majority of Turkish Cypriots in their constituent state”

Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu responded to remarks by the Greek Cypriot Administration’s Spokesperson Nicos Hristodulidis that there will not be a majority of Turkish Cypriots or Greek Cypriots in either constituent state by saying that Hristodulidis’ statement did not reflect all the facts and was leading to false perceptions about the process.


According to Burcu, “as and when a settlement is reached, the number of people with citizenship of one constituent state, and who subsequently seek legal domicile in the other constituent state, will only be able to reach 20% of the other state’s population. Under these conditions, there will be a majority of Turkish Cypriots in their constituent state, and a majority of Greek Cypriots in theirs.” “Legal domicile, and the right of abode without political rights, are two different matters,” Burcu added.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office –

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