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Akinci speaks to US Secretary of State Tillerson

3 March 2017

President Mustafa Akinci held a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State, Tom Tillerson, on Tuesday.

This is the first connection between Akinci and President Donald Trump’s government, which is said to support the Cyprus negotiations.

Tillerson expressed his country’s appreciation for the efforts made for reaching a bi-communal, bi-zonal solution. He also stated that the new US Government is ready to offer any kind of support for the solution within this frame.

The paper, citing information, writes that Tillerson said that the solution is not only important for the two peoples of the island but for the whole region.

Akinci informed Tillerson about the latest phase of the Cyprus negotiations noting that the procedure had reached the point of the five-party meeting. He also referred to the decision to commemorate the 1950 Enosis plebiscite at schools in South Cyprus and explained the reasons why this decision caused such a reaction by the Turkish Cypriots. He also noted that the issue of the presidential elections in the South may have played an important role for this decision.

On the issue of energy, Akinci stated that this should be a source for co-operation and not a source of conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean region and expressed the belief that the new US Secretary of State being an experienced politician is aware of this.

Finally, Akinci stated that a solution cannot be reached with the efforts of only one side in Cyprus and expressed his satisfaction for the close interest of the new US administration on Cyprus.

 Kibris

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