Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı met with the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Wednesday.
Speaking to press after the meeting, Akıncı said during their meeting he had asked the EU to develop further its relations with the Turkish Cypriot community, so they could be supported in the adaptive process after a solution to the Cyprus problem is reached.
He also asked Juncker for the solution to be written into EU primary law so that it cannot be overruled by the EU court.
Akıncı said that he informed Juncker, who will meet both sides during a visit to Cyprus in July, about progress in the negotiations. In his statement Akıncı reiterated the need for a solution in Cyprus and said that Cyprus can be a model of good practice for the world and the region. “EU institutions also need to hear good news from Cyprus” said Akıncı.
Commenting on the last meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades, Akıncı said that it was a very productive and result oriented meeting. Akıncı also said EU bears some of the responsibility and that in order to fulfil that, the EU could be more involved in the process, not by way of intervention but by contribution, he added.
Regarding the Hellim/Halloumi issue, where South Cyprus wants to register the cheese as a PDO, and the TRNC has fears that it would impact on its own sales of Hellim, Akıncı said “I can say that during Monday’s leaders meeting we got very close to a model that can be accepted by both sides. We requested that the negotiators clarify the details of this formulation. We may be able to finalise the works on this model before Juncker’s visit to Cyprus”.