President Mustafa Akinci issued a written statement, addressing some of the comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during his recent visit to the TRNC. The statement read:
“There is not a one-man regime in us. There is not even a need to remind us of this”. President Akinci added that for the whole of his life he was against a one-man regime. Therefore, he said, the statements made by Cavusoglu during the speech he gave at Kyrenia American University, could not possibly be in reference to him (Akinci).
He also said that the federation model, which is on the negotiation table with the agreement of the two sides in Cyprus, is still an option and continues to be the most realistic and accepted solution model. “However, if Anastasiades is seeking other models, he should know that these models should include political equality as well”, Akinci emphasised.
“We want a solution in Cyprus, not the continuation of the status quo. We believe that this can be achieved within the UN framework and through negotiations. We agree that political equality is not negotiable for us and that if a new procedure starts it should not be open-ended and without a time schedule”, he stated.
He went on to say that the Greek Cypriot leader, at various intervals and in different environments referred to various (solution) models like two states, co-federation and lose-federation. “Even if later he said that this is not what he wanted to say, it is not possible that everybody is wrong at the same time”, Akinci said, and added the following: “He must say it clearly and with consistency what he does want in the name of his community; he must put an end to the confusion that he has created”, Akinci stated.