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South Waiting for Akinci’s Reply to Dinner Invite – Updated

South Waiting for Akinci’s Reply to Dinner Invite – Updated

March 13
11:44 2018

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has invited, through UN Special Representative to Cyprus Elisabeth Spehar, President Mustafa Akinci for an informal dinner meeting. Comments from the TRNC indicate agreement with the need to make progress on the Cyprus issue.

However, no confirmation has been received as yet, Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides has said.

It is reported that the Turkish Cypriot side was waiting for Spehar to return to Cyprus. She came back on Saturday, so we are waiting,” Christodoulides said.

The informal dinner meeting would be the first since the Cyprus negotiations collapsed last summer at Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Christodoulides said this would be an informal meeting and not negotiations.

Commenting on the impasse with Turkey regarding [South] Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, Christodoulides said the Turkish Cypriot side had to announce whether or not they have adopted Turkey’s view that only 30% of Cyprus’ EEZ belongs solely to the Greek Cypriot Republic.

Politicians in the South are divided about the proposed dinner meeting. Some say it should be held and other say it should not go ahead until Turkey stands down on the EEZ issue.

Update: According to CNA, Akinci agrees in principle to have a meeting, but he doesn’t want to do so at this moment.

The Turkish Cypriot leader “says yes, but in due course,” the source said.

The Greek Cypriot side blames Akinci’s procrastination on the upcoming EU-Turkey summit in Varna, Bulgaria, Ankara’s moves concerning hydrocarbon exploration, and other, unspecified, factors.

All these contribute towards Akinci not seeing any added value in such a meeting, the source said.

Cyprus Mail