New Turkish government could influence Cyprus talks

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci has said that the Turkish Cypriot side will continue to work in close dialogue with any new government to be formed in Turkey towards reaching a settlement in Cyprus.

Speaking yesterday, on the results of the Turkish general elections, Akinci said that the outcome of the elections in Turkey was the decision of the Turkish people. “Everyone will be respectful of the decision taken by the Turkish people for their own future. What can be expected of us is to respect the outcome” he said.

Responding to a question as to whether the results of the elections will impact the Cyprus negotiations process, Akinci reminded that past and present Turkish governments always supported the Cyprus negotiations process. “I don’t know how the new government in Turkey will be but no matter who forms the new government we shall continue to work with them in close dialogue towards reaching a successful conclusion to the Cyprus negotiations process.”

Meanwhile, Greek Cypriot President Anastasiades has said that while he did not want to comment on Turkey’s internal politics, he felt that the new government will have an effect on the Cyprus negotiations.

“Depending on who is going to form the coalition government in Turkey, or whether there is going to be a new election, I think the situation will affect Cyprus,” Anastasiades said.

“I do not want to make any comments on the internal situation in Turkey. All I can say is that, as Cypriots, knowing that a key element of the decision-making is in Ankara, the situation is definitely dependent on the government that is in power and how helpful it might be,” he added.

Bayrak TV Online, Hurriyet

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