Greek and Turkish PMs are UN’s last trump card

The Greek and Turkish Prime Ministers are the “UN’s last trump card” in the matter of reunifying Cyprus, writes columnist Huseyin Ekmekci for Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Havadis’.

Ekmekci reports that Alexis Tsipras and Binali Yildirim have not met on the Cyprus problem yet and argues that they are the ones who will move to modernise the security and guarantees system on the island.

Noting that the time of the meeting between the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President Mustafa Akinci in New York has not been announced yet, Ekmekci expresses the view that nothing will come of this meeting. Akinci will once again explain to the UNSG the Turkish Cypriot position and will for finding a solution and ask for the UN to remain active on the issue.

The columnist notes that Akinci thinks that President Anastasiades is focusing on the 2018 presidential elections and adds that Akinci does not want a meeting with Anastasiades regarding the Cyprus negotiations during this period. In this sense Akinci has “closed the shop” until the elections are over, he says, arguing that President Anastasiades also does not want such a meeting.


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