Akıncı Not Ready to “Throw in the Towel”

It is too early to “throw in the towel” President Mustafa Akıncı has said with regard to the Cyprus Problem.

North Cyprus News - President Mustafa Akinci
President Mustafa Akıncı

He said that it was not an easy choice to declare failure on the Cyprus Problem once again.

That is why I don’t believe we are at that point yet”, Akıncı said.

Speaking during a joint broadcast televised on Kanal T, Kıbrıs TV and Kanal SİM, the President said that he was going to speak with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Temporary Adviser Jane Holl Lute on April 1.

He said that there was a possibility the UN envoy would be visiting the island in the near future.

North Cyprus News - Jane Holl Lute
Jane Holl Lute

Stating that it was too early to say that everything was over as regards the Cyprus Problem, Akıncı reminded that talks had begun between Turkey and Greece in Antalya recently and would continue in Athens on April 12.

We don’t know if there will be unofficial developments after that or what kind of a role Lute will take on”, said Akıncı.

The President also criticised the Greek Cypriot press stating that it was attempting to create the image that there was no hope regarding new talks on the Cyprus Problem.

The Greek Cypriot press usually thinks it knows everything better than anyone else and usually announces everything before everyone else. Lately, the Greek Cypriot media have been reporting that the process is dead while the process has yet to be completed”, said Akıncı.

The President said, however, that it would be wrong to say that things were looking bright.

Nevertheless the UN envoy has yet to complete her work”, he said.

Akıncı also pointed out that any future talks on the Cyprus Problem would not start from scratch and that any new round of talks would require common understanding and ground on the convergences reached so far.

North Cyprus News - UNSG - Antonio Guterres
UNSG – Antonio Guterres

There are serious differences on this issue. We support the June 30 Guterres Framework”, he said.

Akıncı said that Turkish Cypriots would not accept a unitary state, nor had Greek Cypriots come to terms with the idea of two separate states.

Some are arguing we should table a two-state solution. But if we do we shall be going outside the framework of UN parameters. You would be apeasing various circles on the Greek Cypriot side but you can’t achieve a two-state solution”, he added.

The President said that the only solution model that seemed possible or feasible was a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

Such a model, Akıncı said could only work through effective participation in decision making.

President Akıncı reminded that there was also a guarantor aspect to the Cyprus Problem as well as the fact that one of the two sides on the island was an EU member.

You can’t solve the Cyprus Problem with one side alone. We can’t tango either. What we need is a group dance like ‘halay’ or ‘sirtaki’ ”, Akıncı noted.


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