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Turkish Cypriot side unhappy about break in Cyprus talks

12 November 2016

The one week break in the Mont Pelerin summit was requested by President Nicos Anastasiades, in order to meet with Greek President Alexis Tsipras and with Greek Cypriot party leaders.

Addressing a press conference after the conclusion of this week’s summit meeting between the two Cypriot community leaders, President Mustafa Akinci’s spokesman Barış Burcu said that the Turkish Cypriot side was unhappy with this arrangement.

However, despite this development, if a partnership was to be established and if political will was to be created and shared, then they could not deny this request.

Some convergences have been reached on the criteria and we were going to carry out workings on this area in order to finalise it but Mr. Anastasiades made his request and we did not want to hinder the positive developments that are taking place, therefore we respected his request”, said Burcu.

He reiterated that a map had not been presented at the Mont Pèlerin summit, the previous format announced for the talks had been followed and drew attention to the fact that during the summit they, as the Turkish Cypriot side, were prepared and had worked with determination.

Asked whether or not they had reached a convergence on the issue of criteria, the presidential spokesman said that they had carried out the necessary work in order for convergences to be reached and finalised on this issue.

He said that the Turkish Cypriot side was concerned that the one week break in the already sensitive Cyprus talks could be harmful, and that it was important to continue making efforts to continue with the process of negotiations.

The negotiations will resume at Mont Pèlerin on 20 November.

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