President Mustafa Akinci expects President Nicos Anastasiades to submit concrete proposals on the issue of decentralisation (broadening the competencies of the constituent states), Akinci’s spokesman Barış Burcu, has said.
Issuing a written statement yesterday, Burcu pointed out that Akinci had conveyed this demand yesterday to President Anastasiades during the phone conversation they held and explained that President Anastasiades told Akinci that he will come prepared to their scheduled meeting regarding this issue.
Burcu further stressed that the efforts currently being led by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Temporary Adviser Jane Holl Lute, to resume the talks with the aim of identifying whether there is common basis or not, are yet to be completed.
“The issue of common basis will be known and established following Lute’s completion of her contacts. As frequently reiterated by Akinci, the primary aspect of the common basis for the resumption of talks, while remaining loyal to past convergences, should be the acceptance of the Turkish Cypriots’ political equality and their effective participation in the decision making processes”, Burcu added.
The two Cypriot community leaders are expected to meet during the last week of February.