Cyprus Talks Unlikely to Start Before June: Akinci

Negotiations on the Cyprus problem are not likely to resume until June, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci has said.

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Spehar meets President Akinci

It seems the nearest date when all the parties are able to be ready [for talks] will be June,” he said after meeting with UN Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar at the presidential palace in Nicosia.

There is no point in postponing [negotiations] later” than that, he added, noting that Turkey’s local elections take place on March 31 and European Parliamentary elections are being held at the end of May.

Spehar, who is also head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), described her meeting with Akinci as “fruitful”.

She added that she would brief the UN Security Council on Cyprus on 23 January, after which they expect the UN Security Council to decide on the extension of the UNFICYP’s mandate there.


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