Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades was far from understanding the idea of partnership in terms of political equality and active participation of the Turkish Cypriots, President Mustafa Akıncı has said. He pointed out that the speech Anastasiades delivered in London demonstrated this. Akıncı also noted that equality and active participation are now an established UN parameter from past consensus.
Akıncı stressed that Anastasiades should tell the UN Secretary-General that he does not accept this.
“Mr. Anastasiades’ speech in London is again far from political equality. It still maintains a discourse that denies past consensus and demonises active participation in decisions”, the President said on social media.
“Turkish Cypriots have the right to introduce a long-standing demand of Turkey. Our challenges are many and unilateral; we continue to struggle with these challenges in various ways”.
“We are going to meet with the UN Secretary-General in order to protect the Turkish Cypriot people’s right to exist in equality, freedom and security, original identity and personality and on the basis of international law. Political equality and effective participation are now an established UN parameter and are among the past consensuses.
“Anastasiades should also tell the UN Secretary–General that he does not accept this.”
President Akıncı, who left for New York this morning, is set to meet the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will be returning to Cyprus on October 2.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay left the island early on Sunday for New York, where he will attend summit for foreign minister organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The TRNC has observer status in the organisation.
Ozersay will also hold meetings with high-ranking UN officials, the permanent members of the UN Security Council and representatives of states participating in the UN General Assembly.