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South invites President Akinci back to the negotiating table

20 February 2017

North Cyprus News - Akinci

After the Enosis Day debacle last week, the south Cyprus government has called on President Akinci to return to the negotiating table.

The south’s government spokesperson Nicos Christodoulides said President Anastasiades would return to the negotiating table ahead of the scheduled meeting with President Mustafa Akinci this Thursday.

Last week, after the south’s parliament voted in favour of marking Enosis Day in senior schools, the climate of the talks rapidly deteriorated. Last Thursday’s leaders’ meeting ended abruptly, leaving the Cyprus negotiations on the cliff edge.

Both leaders have accused each other for walking out of the meeting, others say that there was a misunderstanding when Anastasiades, angered by comments from UN mediator Espen Barth Eide, stormed out of the room for a lengthy cigarette break, slamming the door behind him. Apparently a dismayed and offended Akinci believed that that was the end of the meeting and left.

However, others, maintain that Akinci saw this as an excuse to duck out of the talks.

The President will be at the meeting on Thursday and we hope that the Turkish Cypriot leader will also be there,” Christodoulides told state radio on Monday morning.

There are a number of issues and differences that need to be addressed and resolved…In the last ten days, we have been going around in circles over the same issue.”

This is not the way to go forward. The President has always said that the Cyprus problem will be solved at the negotiating table and not in comments made in public.”

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