President Akinci, in statements during a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, welcomed his visit to the TRNC after his recent reappointment as the Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister, and wished him success.
Pointing out that Cavusoglu had paid this visit at a very significant time, Akinci said: “As you know, I stated also yesterday that we have met with Anastasiades six times in November and have achieved significant progress since the beginning of November.”
Akinci said that the support given by Ankara for a bi-zonal, bi-communal settlement based on political equality is extremely important and added that they have been observing that this support continues to increase. “I would like to thank Mr Cavusoglu. He has been supporting the negotiations in Cyprus for a long time”, he added.
“In the period ahead we would like to conclude the negotiation process in Cyprus with a settlement after the referenda, which will be accepted and confirmed by both sides. This is our greatest desire and ambition”, Akinci noted.
Expressing his belief that relations between Turkey and Greece will improve with the solution of the Cyprus problem, Akinci stated that the visit Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made to Ankara and his meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was significant.
Akinci concluded saying that they are waiting for Greece to also support the process as soon as possible and in the same measure as Turkey. “Therefore, I would like to highlight once again the importance of Turkey’s support and also the contributions of Ankara for developing the TRNC. We act in awareness that the more we develop our structure and the more we prosper and become self-sufficient the more solid and permanent our foundation of peace will become”, stated Akinci.