Akıncı: “A formula for a solution can be found which will benefit all parties”

“It would be wise to seek a solution in Cyprus”, President Mustafa Akıncı said, and “a formula for a solution can be found which will benefit all parties.”

President Akıncı made the statement to an AA correspondent ahead of the critical meetings with Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades, which will begin today and continue for five days in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland.

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Stating that the framework of the five-day negotiations in Switzerland is clear, Akıncı said “In the first phase, we will work to build upon developments in four of the six chapters – administration and power sharing, the EU, property and economy – which have been agreed during the last 17 months. Then as part of the second phase, we will discuss the criteria for territorial adjustment. If we come to an agreement, we will be able to move forward to the third and the last phase in Switzerland.”

Regarding the third phase of the Switzerland summit, Akıncı said “In order to begin to talk about the territory issue, in practical terms on a map, in the third stage of the summit in Switzerland, it will be necessary to set a clear and definite date for the multilateral conference in which the issue of security and guarantees will be discussed with the guarantor powers; Turkey, Greece and the UK.”

Akıncı also noted that if a consensus could not be reached on the territory issue and the date of the multilateral conference, the map issue would not be discussed in Switzerland.

Greek Cypriot Football Federation to punish those who travel from Ercan Airport

The Greek Cypriot Football Federation (KOP) has threatened to severely punish those travelling from Ercan Airport.

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According to the Greek Cypriot Alithia newspaper, the KOP Executive Board announced that members of the federation who travel from Ercan Airport, either in groups or individually, will be fined ten thousand Euros for the first time, and that in the event of recurrence, their membership will be terminated.

According to the report, the decision was taken after the memorandum dated July 31, 2014 was sent to all federations and the Greek Cypriot Olympic Committee (KOE) by the Greek Cypriot Sports Federation (KOA). In addition, the memorandum warned all travellers to avoid transit through Ercan Airport to participate in sports competitions in Turkey, and called for punishment for anyone caught taking electronic visas instead of the airports in Greece.

Alithia noted that despite the fact that it has been two years since the memorandum was published, it has not been adopted by all the federations.

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