Akıncı: “Both the TRNC and the EU have a duty to reach a settlement”
President Mustafa Akıncı said that there are expectations on both the TRNC and the European Union to achieve a lasting settlement in Cyprus, and they have a duty to do so.
Yesterday, President Akıncı travelled to Brussels, the capital of Belgium, to hold a series of meetings with officials from the European Union and the European Parliament.
During a press conference before his departure, President Akıncı said that he will meet with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
Akıncı outlined that an agreement has been reached on the date of the five-party meeting and that the Cyprus negotiations have reached a decisive stage. Akıncı also said that the Turkish Cypriot Negotiator will work hard to reach an agreement on the issues where divergences exist and expressed his hope that the Greek Cypriot side will show the same determination.
Akıncı stated that if a settlement is reached in Geneva, the Turkish Cypriots will take their place in the new partnership as equals. Emphasizing that the initial preparation for potentially joining the EU which is being carried out is of great importance, Akıncı expressed that the negotiations with the EU officials are of tremendous significance.
Akıncı stated that the current stage of the negotiation process will be conveyed to the EU officials in Brussels, and also emphasised that a roadmap for the negotiations emerged at the meeting held with the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades and UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide.
Çavuşoğlu met with Eide
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.
According to information received from diplomatic sources, the current stage of the negotiations which aim to find a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus was discussed at the meeting.
According to a statement by a UN spokesperson, the two sides’ negotiators began to talk about the outstanding issues on the Island yesterday (5 December).
It was also mentioned that Eide’s visit to Ankara – following his meetings with Greek government representatives in Athens – was important as Çavuşoğlu could directly outline Turkey’s views on the road map and other issues.
The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) announced that President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades will meet in Geneva, the capital of Switzerland, on 9-11 January 2017 and that an international conference with the guarantor countries will be held on 12 January 2017.
Negotiators to meet three times a week ahead of Geneva meeting
The two negotiators have agreed to meet three times a week ahead of the summit in Geneva in January.
Turkish Cypriot Negotiator Özdil Nami and Greek Cypriot Negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis held a meeting for approximately three and half hours yesterday.
It was stated that Nami and Mavroyannis will mainly focus on external issues at their next meeting tomorrow.
The negotiators decided to meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week at 10:00 am ahead of the Geneva meeting on January 9, 2017.
Tourism in the TRNC has been promoted in Azerbaijan
The Tourism and Environment Ministry promoted the TRNC in a road show organized in Azerbaijan, as part of the Ministry’s tourism promotion and marketing activities.
The road show which was held in Baku was attended by the Tourism and Environment Minister Fikri Ataoğlu, ministry officials, representatives from KITSAB, KITOB, THY and the TRNC, representatives of some tourism agencies and hotels, and some members of the press. Brochures and CDs that promote the TRNC were distributed to visitors.
Minister Ataoğlu also gave a speech at the road show and met with the Azerbaijani Diaspora Minister Nazim İbrahimov.
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