Akıncı received Eide
President Mustafa Akıncı received the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide yesterday. The UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar accompanied Eide, who also met with Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades following the meeting with Akıncı.
Following the two hour meeting with Akıncı at the Presidency, Eide held a session to respond to journalists’ questions.
Eide stated that they worked on preparing for the summit and the Cyprus conference which will be held in Geneva in January, 2017. He also noted that at yesterday’s meetings the two leaders laid the groundwork for their bilateral meeting today.
Eide pointed out that there are only 19 days left until the Geneva meeting, and welcomed the intensive work being done by both sides ahead of this.
Stating that the negotiators who met yesterday will also meet again tomorrow, in addition to the leaders’ meeting today, Eide said, “Both sides are working hard to solve the remaining differences. Some will be resolved, while others will be deliberately left to the last stage in Geneva.”
Espen Barth Eide noted that there is nothing new to say about the negotiations, but that there might be after today’s leaders’ talks.
21-25 December National Struggle and Martyrs Week due to be commemorated
The martyrs who lost their lives in the struggle for existence are being commemorated with a number of ceremonies to mark the 21-25 December Struggle and Martyrs Week.
The first ceremony to mark the occasion was held in front of Lefkoşa Martyrs Monument.
President Mustafa Akıncı signed the official memorial book at the ceremony and said, “We commemorate you once more on the 53rd Anniversary of 21 December 1963. You sacrificed your life for your community’s chance to live in peace and freedom. If we look at the future with confidence at these territories, this is thanks to your great self-sacrifice. We do not want to experience the same events of 21 December 1963 ever again. We do not desire new martyrs, new missing persons on this island anymore. We want to establish a good future for the new generations to live in peace, equality, security and prosperity. Such a future will be established on the ground created by your sacrifices. We commemorate you once more with respect.”
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