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Akinci briefed party leaders and representatives

18 November 2016

President Mustafa Akinci met with political party leaders and Assembly representatives on Thursday, to update them on the latest phase of the Cyprus issue prior to the 20th November meeting that will be held in Switzerland.

Present at the meeting at the Presidential Palace was, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün and UBP MP Izlem Gürcağ.

The Democrat Party was represented by its leader deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş and DP MP Mustafa Arabacıoğlu.

The Republican Turkish Party was represented by its newly elected leader Tufan Erhürman and CTP MP Armağan Candan and the Social Democratic Party was represented by its leader Cemal Özyiğit and TDP MP Zeki Çeler.

Turkish Cypriot negotiator Özdil Nami, Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu and the president’s private secretary Cenk Gürçağ took part in the meeting that last for around an hour and a half.

Making a statement at the end of the meeting the leader of the UBP Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün said that the President had informed them about the Mont Pèlerin summit and added that in the coming period, ongoing issues will continue to be negotiated.

If an outcome hasn’t been reached until now then I think that is due to the reluctance of the Greek Cypriot side. Let’s hope that the Greek Cypriot side will take a step on some issues that it has been stubborn on, so that an agreement can be reached. I hope that an outcome will be reached in the short period ahead”, he said.

He noted that the government, together with Turkey, support the negotiations.

The leader of the Democrat Party, deputy Prime Minister-Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş said that they can clearly see that the Greek Cypriot side is continuing with its insincerity towards the Cyprus problem and added that the Turkish Cypriot people could not continue to live for another 50 years in uncertainty. At some point, the Turkish Cypriot people had to make their own choices and follow their own path.

If the Greek Cypriots desire a solution then the process will come to a conclusion. Due to their insincerity continuing even if an agreement is reached, I for one am very suspicious”, said Denktaş and called on the people to be patient until the end of the year.

The leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party Tufan Erhürman for his part said that the Turkish Cypriot side had taken important steps at the negotiating table and that at the current phase reached, the Greek Cypriot leader and his team needed to take steps.

Creativity and courage is needed in the process ahead. We can see that the Turkish Cypriot side has taken important steps. Now we are waiting for similar steps from the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his team”, said Erhürman.

He said that the current problems cannot be solved with old solutions.

The leader of the Social Democratic Party Cemal Özyiğit noted that the Turkish Cypriot side had displayed ability and a courageous manner at the talks and expressed the hope that after the one week break, the Greek Cypriot side will return to the negotiating table with constructive proposals. He praised the Turkish Cypriot President’s creative and problem solving manner at the talks.

In the afternoon, President Akinci received the British Ambassador to Ankara Richard Moore at the Presidential Palace.

BRT

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