President Mustafa Akıncı received Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar on Wednesday.
Speaking briefly following the meeting, Akıncı said Spehar held meetings with the two leaders and noted these meetings were part of routine contacts during the United Nations Security Council deliberations on [UNFICYP] report. “In this regard, we have evaluated the current situation and exchanged views on the Cyprus problem,” Akıncı added.
The President said that he had also sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the current situation regarding the Cyprus talks.
Criticizing the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, he said: “You know that the Greek Cypriot leader often sends letters to the UN Secretary General, which are then released for public opinion. We do it if there is a reason and if it is necessary, we do not send letters every day, every hour, however, taking into account the situation we are in now, we felt the need to contact the Secretary General.”
Akıncı said that he would make the contents of the letter public once the UN Secretary-General receives it.
The President said that he had also raised the issue of the attack on a tourist bus from the north at Larnaca airport with the Special Representative and that he asked her to tell the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and the Greek Cypriot authorities to take the proper measures in light of the incident.
Akıncı said that it was not possible to accept an attack on a Turkish Cypriot bus in Larnaca at a time when steps were being taken to reinstate confidence between the communities on the island. “On one side, while striving to produce ideas to increase trust between the two communities, the incidents contrary to our efforts are issues we monitor diligently and with sensitivity,” Akıncı added.
Speaking after her meeting with the President, Spehar said it was a “very good meeting” and reminded that she had met earlier in the day with Anastasiades.
Spehar said she holds these meetings with the leaders routinely before heading to New York.
“I was also able to talk to Mr Akıncı about the discussions that I had with Mr Anastasiades in terms of what we might be working on in the future,” she told reporters.
In response to a question on the possibility of a five-party meeting, Spehar said “everything is being discussed” but refrained from giving any details.