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It’s important to remain optimistic: Johnson

1 December 2016

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met with President Mustafa Akıncı at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday morning.

Johnson’s visit to the island comes at a time of intense diplomatic activity to help resume the UN-led peace talks between President Akıncı and his Greek Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades.

Present at the meeting was the Turkish Cypriot negotiator Özdil Nami, the Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu, the President’s Special Advisor for EU matters and Diplomacy Erhan Erçin, the President’s Special Political and History Advisor Meltem Onurkan Samani as well as the British High Commissioner to South Cyprus Mathew Kidd.

Reading out a short statement after the meeting which lasted for over an hour, the British Foreign Secretary said he had a very good meeting with President Akıncı.

I congratulate Mr. Akıncı on the leadership he has been showing. Clearly there is still a lot to be done but it’s very important to be optimistic. I stress again that the UK is committed in helping as for as it can, for a settlement on the island”, he said.

He however added that a solution had to be reached by the two sides in Cyprus.

As part of his contacts Johnson will also be meeting Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, UN representatives and British UN peacekeepers working in the buffer zone.

Earlier on Wednesday morning Johnson met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, and later with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.

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