Akinci Responds to Extension of UNFICYP Mandate

North Cyprus News - Baris BurcuThe UN Security Council decision to extend the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) shows that this does not reflect the true situation as regards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, presidential spokesman Baris Burcu has said.

President Akinci’s spokesman said that both sides should be treated equally. “In spite of the injustice against the Turkish Cypriot side which has always shown a constructive and sincere stance”, the UNSC’s Resolution points out strongly the importance of political equality, Burcu said.

Burcu, however, expressed satisfaction over the references made in the report, which justify the positions of the Turkish Cypriot side on the issue of the political equality and effective participation in decision making, which the President Akinci strongly supported.

North Cyprus News - President Mustafa AkinciHe further welcomed the reference made in the report on the issue of the Confidence Building Measures (CBM) and the cooperation between the two sides. Burcu assured that the Turkish Cypriot side would continue to work in a constructive manner with goodwill, in order to contribute to the efforts for undertaking more CBMs and also to the efforts aiming to reach a fair solution of the Cyprus problem based on the political equality of the two sides.

Burcu, however, described as unacceptable the fact that the Turkish Cypriot side continues to be ignored and the UN Security Council, based on its Resolution 186, dated 4 March 8, 1964, considers the Greek Cypriot administration to be the only legal government on the island.


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