President Mustafa Akinci will meet with President Nicos Anastasiades as part of the ongoing Cyprus negotiations on 8th June.
The two leaders met at the World Children’s Day event, held in the buffer zone and agreed upon the date of their next meeting.
When President Akinci was leaving the event, he was asked to comment on a proposal reportedly submitted by South Cyprus to the Council of Europe regarding occupied Greek Cypriot properties in the North. Akinci replied that he is making the “necessary assessments” and argued that it is not right to have such cases going before the ECHR while the negotiations are ongoing.
“The solution of the Cyprus problem will be found at the negotiating table, which will resume and not in the court corridors”, he said and added: “We wish that, as the two leaders announced on 15th May, we will be able to successfully conclude the negotiations by the end of this year and these problems become a thing of the past. While the Cyprus problem remains unsolved, such issues will always be on the agenda. If not today, it will be tomorrow. Difficulties and problems will develop on these issues. We, however, wish the development of good relations between the sides, the development of possibilities for cooperation between the sides. The path of reason is one. And this path tells us to launch negotiations the soonest and reach a solution. The fact that we took this decision today, to take part in an activity with children is meaningful. Because we do not want the children to live through what we have experienced on this island. We must create a future in peace, equality, tranquility and security for these beautiful children, regardless of their religion or language”.