President Akıncı received the British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd
President Mustafa Akıncı received the British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd.
The Presidential Advisor for Political Affairs and History and the General Coordinator for Technical Committees Meltem Onurkan Samani and Special Advisor for Diplomacy and the EU Erhan Erçin were also present at the meeting held at the Presidential Palace.
Akıncı attends 7th Bosphorus Summit
President Mustafa Akıncı travelled to İstanbul yesterday in order to attend the 7th Bosphorus Summit organized by the International Cooperation Platform.
During the opening ceremony of the 7th Bosphorus Summit, the President will deliver a speech entitled “Global Future, Global Objectives”.
President Akıncı will also watch “Kanatsız Güvercinler” theatre play directed by Turkish Cypriot theatre artist Hüseyin Köroğlu. The premier performance of the play will be held under the auspices of the Presidency.
Akıncı received Eide
President Mustafa Akıncı received the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.
Negotiator Özdil Nami, Spokesperson Barış Burcu, some negotiator team members and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Elizabeth Spehar were also present at the meeting. Eide, who arrived on the island the night before, had a face-to-face meeting with leaders for the first time after the meeting which took place in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland on 21 November.
Espen Barth Eide also had meetings with Republican Turkish Party and Democrat Party yesterday and will meet with Democratic Rally Party (DISI) and Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) from South Cyprus today.
Moreover, Eide will meet with the UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tomorrow morning.
Denktaş: “We do not want Cyprus negotiations to drag on”
“We do not want the Cyprus negotiations to drag on in an open-ended way, so the date of the five-party conference must be determined as soon as possible during this year,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş, who has received the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide.
During the meeting, Eide informed Denktaş of the latest developments in Mont Pelerin and they exchanged views.
In his statement to BRT following the meeting with Eide, Denktaş noted that the negotiations up until now have not been very positive and that steps have been taken to find a way to continue the negotiations. He added, “Our position, which we made clear to Mr. Eide, is that this process should not be extended in an open-ended way and the date of the five-party conference must be determined as soon as possible during this year. The two leaders need to meet again and reach a result. We are not able to wait in an uncertain environment any more. In fact, the world has no right to expect us to live in such uncertainty.”
Eide: “The path to progress in the talks has not yet been found, but negotiations will continue”
The UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide stated that the path to progress in the talks has not yet been found, but in order to find one, it is important for the leaders to meet.
Eide, who made the statement after his meeting with Akıncı and Anastasiades, said there was no reason to cast doubt over efforts to find a solution as both the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders are willing to resolve the dispute.
Highlighting that the outcome from Mont Pelerin will not be an obstacle to the peace talks progressing, Eide said that a solution must be found to overcome this, adding “we have not done so yet, but these meetings will have to continue. I do not think that’s easy. The shuttle diplomacy will go on.”
Eide also noted that returning to the negotiating table was up to the two leaders and both of his meetings with the leaders have been constructive and honest.
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