President Akinci commenting on the uproar created by some on the Greek Cypriot side about about staging the play ‘Antigone” in the Salamis amphitheatre, said it was meaningless.
Speaking on the sidelines of the International Cyprus Rally, Akinci said that those who have this kind of reaction do not want the two communities in Cyprus to cooperate or to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.
A complaint was lodged by leader of DIKO Nicolas Papadopoulos with the Greek Cypriot Auditor-General that the play had been staged without the proper permissions.
The president added that despite all the fuss, and the negative climate that was created, thousands of people went to Salamis and watched the play. “It is very sad and thought-provoking that these kind of conversations are taking place, but we are aware of this mentality”, he stated, adding that the only solution that can be reached in Cyprus is a federal solution. He also said that without the two communities approaching each other, without cultural influence between them and cooperation, it was not possible to create a cultural climate for a federal solution.
Referring to the International Cyprus Rally, Akinci said that the Turkish Cypriots are extremely interested in it. Apart from the people loving this sport, the Turkish Cypriots like the rally because they were kept away from such international events in the past, he said, adding that this is one of the results of the “embargoes imposed on the Turkish Cypriots”.