Akinci offended by EU official’s perfunctory visit

President Mustafa Akinci, reacting to EU Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis’ visit on Thursday, stated that he was informed that Dombrovskis will only pay a brief courtesy to the North. Akinci said that: “If he conducts visits like this, it would be better not to show up at all”.

The European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis who is responsible for coordinating the Turkish Cypriots’ harmonisation process with the EU, will pay a 2-3 day visit to the island. He will have a series of meetings in the South and hold a press conference there.

Commenting on the fact that Dombrovskis will pay only a 15 minutes courtesy visit to the TRNC, Akinci said: “I want to openly say the following: If he pays this kind of visit, it would be better not to come at all. We are serious and we want those visiting us to be serious as well.

The normal thing would be the one who is responsible for preparing the Turkish Cypriot side for the EU, to carry out contacts here. To come and hear us, learn about our concerns; this is their main responsibility. It should be understood that we will not accept such approaches”.

Kibris Gazetesi

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