President Mustafa Akıncı met with representatives of civil society organisations who are active in London during which he delivered a conference on the Cyprus negotiations process and the latest developments on the Cyprus Problem.
Speaking at the event, the President pointed out that he had devoted all his efforts since coming to office towards achieving a settlement in Cyprus and added that it was very clear as to who had prevented a solution from taking place.
“This, however, was not mentioned in the UN Secretary General’s report”, he said.
Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side’s main goal was to break all bonds and ties between Turkey and the TRNC, Akıncı said that “This was not possible. We told them. We tried to tell others as well.”
Expressing his view that any new round of negotiations on the Cyprus Problem had to be result- oriented, restricted by timetables and deadlines and in a comprehensive package format, President Akıncı said that the Turkish Cypriot side did not want a new process that would continue for years without achieving any results.
Akıncı also voiced the opinion in his speech that direct flights to and from the UK should be launched.
Stating that there were three things Turkish Cypriots cannot abandon in any settlement to be reached, the President listed these as freedom, political equality and security.
“The first is our freedom. We cannot come under the domination of anyone. The second is our political equality. The third is our security”, he said, adding that these three conditions also needed to apply for Greek Cypriots.