Akıncı: ‘Extremely positive and gratifying development’

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mustafa Akıncı made a statement immediately following the trilateral video conference meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Council Charles Michel, where the decision was taken to start the exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey, and described the decision as an ‘extremely positive and gratifying development’

President Akıncı said in his statement  ‘As someone who has long advocated that the problems should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation, that the natural gas issue should not be a cause of tension and the Eastern Mediterranean should be transformed into a cooperation basin, I hope that this development will have beneficial results for the people of both countries and the peace in the region’. 

Source : TRNC Public Information Office

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  1. Dear Mr. Akinci,

    I too am heartened by Turkey’s Erdogan toward his neighbour Greece; they are brothers in effect, coming from the same land.

    Let us remember that in this History, Cypriots too, exist. Let us also remember how much Cypriots have paid “being” Cypriot, for the most part, those, who lost their lives, murdered, and those made to disappear by those for “Turkishness” and “Greekness”.

    With elections soon, one hopes, for Cyprus, and Cypriots you will make it clear, that someone Turkish is not necessarily a “Turk”; that “Turkishness” as a dogma may satisfy “Cypriot Turks”, but it does not reflect the desires of Turkish Cypriots who see themselves as Cypriots first.

    …it would be nice to see Leadership that rallies Cypriots to them, because they speak to Cypriots, as Cypriots. You may demonstrate such a conviction by standing under the Flag of Cyprus when you speak.

    Who would find such an act offensive, but the “Greeks” and “Turks”? Certainly not the People, because they elected you to represent them, as Cypriots; all Cypriots would join you, for a Cyprus that recognises them as Individuals without discrimination or distinction, and as Persons with there own distinct identities.

    It is not Turkey that will change Cyprus, it is the other way around. You are the vanguard for such a movement; is your courage great enough to look into your own fears and defy them? Isolated as you have been made, from “Turkishness”, it is not possible to sit on the fence silence(d) any longer.

    Turkey is being torn apart, Cyprus has been torn apart for decades, and for the same reason. What is it to be Turkish? Turkey, like Cyprus is much more than, the “Turk”, or the “Greek”. Hope is what you will provide for all people Turkish if you win: as a Cypriot; at least as one Turkish and not “Turk”.