Geneva last venue for a settlement: Akinci

President Mustafa Akıncı has said that there is no need to extend the Cyprus negotiations forever but the determination to achieve results.

The President was speaking at a press conference in New York yesterday following his meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday.

He said that Geneva was no longer a phase in the talks but will be the final settlement conference.

What we understand is that the conference will begin and that we shall remain there without the need for breaks and with the determination to take us onto the final deal,” he said.

The President added that his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday night had injected “common sense and logic” into the ongoing talks.

He said the path had now been cleared for a “win-win” situation in search of political equality in Cyprus.

Pointing out that all issues will be taken up in Geneva and that the conference will continue until a result is achieved, Akıncı said that should the talks fail to reach a settlement, he will share with the public the reasons for the failure of the negotiations.

Responding to questions, Akıncı said that he did not want to inject false hopes in the people.

Stating that the Greek Cypriot side’s preconditions for the talks in Geneva had been removed, Akıncı said “the real issue is to be able to move the process forward. We shall see if the Greek Cypriot side will move forward.

Pointing out that he had conveyed to the UN Secretary General Guterres that the UN Special Advisor’s shuttle diplomacy had failed to achieve the desired results, Akıncı said “the Secretary General did not want all the efforts carried out to this date to be wasted. We too don’t want that. That’s why he invited us to New York.

Akıncı added that the Turkish Cypriot side remained committed to the 11th February, 2014 Joint Declaration and the 12th January, 2017 Conference Statement.

We have no concerns on that issue. Those agreements were mentioned anyway,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Mustafa Akıncı and his accompanying delegation will be returning to the TRNC this afternoon.


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