GCs Must Change Mindset on Negotiations: Akinci

President Mustafa Akıncı repeated his view regarding the need for the Greek Cypriot side to change its mindset on the Cyprus Issue.

He said that was he open to the possibility of coming together with the Greek Cypriot leader for a social meeting but added that any such meeting should be of essence.

The President was speaking to reporters today following his routine weekly meeting with Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman.

Stating that the Turkish Cypriot side remained committed to doing what is necessary for a solution in Cyprus; Akıncı said that contrary to claims, he was not against the idea of coming together with the Greek Cypriot leader for a social meeting.

He however added that any such meeting needed to have a purpose.

There is no decision not to meet with Mr. Anastasiades. However we need a green light from the Greek Cypriot side. The Greek Cypriot side needs to adopt a positive stance regarding the future. We need to see signals or messages demonstrating to us this change”, stressed Akıncı, expressing his view that the social meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades will most likely take place in the near future.

The President said that the issue of the Derinya and Aplıç crossing points had also been discussed during his meeting with the Prime Minister.

He stated that he had received a reassurance from the Prime Minister that the necessary steps to complete the crossing points will take place now that the budget had passed.

Delays on the issue are out of the question”, he added, stating that claims by various circles that the government was deliberately dragging its feet on the issue were not true.

Also touching upon the issue of the TRNC Immovable Property Commission, the President said that the government had launched work to increase the effectiveness of the commission.

He said that once the work was completed, all related parties and authorities would be invited to an expanded meeting during which the IPC would be put on the table.

Responding to a question regarding the social meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, the President said that the meeting will be useful in listening to what the Greek Cypriot side has to say, how it perceives the latest developments and how the period of reflection that the two sides have been in since the talks collapsed in Crans Montana last year has passed.

He however stated that the meeting in no way should be acknowledged as the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations process.

I am interested to hear to what Mr. Anastasiades has to say. He has been eager to meet with me since the elections and the UN has stated that it is prepared to facilitate such a meeting. I’m sure he would also like to hear as to what I have to say and my views on the outstanding issues”.


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