Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami will be briefing representatives of the TRNC Assembly on a weekly basis as of September; it was announced at the end of the briefing given to the leaders of the four major political parties by President Mustafa Akinci.
Speaking to the press afterwards, all political parties described the meeting as useful. Leader of the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) Mehmet Ali Talat said that they had reached an agreement to be briefed more frequently in the future. “It was an extremely useful meeting”, he added.
The leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Huseyin Ozgurgun said that the meeting in general had been productive. “There were concerns arising from speculative reports in the Greek Cypriot press. This meeting was extremely useful in that aspect. We saw that none of those speculative reports were true”, he noted.
Serdar Denktas, leader of the Democrat Party-National Forces (DP-UG), said that this was the first briefing Akinci had given them and that from now on Nami will be briefing them on developments on a weekly basis. “The position we support is that the North will remain ours and the South will remain in the control of the Greek Cypriots. In order to have an equal say in matters concerning the whole island one of the signatories must definitely be the TRNC. We shall continue our efforts in that direction”, he said.
Also evaluating the meeting, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (TDP) Cemal Ozyigit said that they had found the opportunity to exchange their views regarding the negotiations. “Various circles on the Greek Cypriot side, which want the continuation of the status quo, are intentionally and deliberately spreading speculative information. Other circles on this side are using this opportunity to further create speculation by using those reports. We need to be careful about this”, he said.