Akinci wants help to harmonise the TRNC with the EU acquis

President Mustafa Akıncı has sent a letter to the European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker, stating that work to harmonise the TRNC with the EU should continue without interruption. Preparations for this work should not become a victim of obstacles put in the way by the Greek Cypriots, he wrote.

Akıncı, responding to a letter sent to both community leaders by Juncker last month, reminded the Commission’s president that EU technical support is needed in order to have a common future in the European Union.

While thanking Juncker for his continued interest, Akıncı assessed the developments and consequences of the failed Cypriot Conference in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, where the EU participated as observers.

Noting that the EU authorities had witnessed the good will and constructive attitude of the Turkish side, President Akinci underlined his disappointment that this historic opportunity to find a solution to the Cyprus problem had been lost.

Akıncı said that the Greek Cypriots would need to change their mindset in order to share power and authority with the Turkish Cypriots. Repeating the old methodologies would not overcome the problems, he pointed out.

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