No settlement at any cost: Akinci

President Mustafa Akıncı has said that no one should think that the Turkish Cypriots will become a patch of the Greek Cypriot republic in the South.

Speaking at an event he attended yesterday, the President expressed the Turkish Cypriot people’s desire for a settlement that safeguarded its equality, freedom and security.

He however added that this did not mean accepting a settlement at all costs.

Stating that the Turkish Cypriot people has not abandoned its solution oriented policies, Akıncı said “there were times in Cyprus during which we fought…we were not responsible for starting any of those fights”.

Reminding that the root cause of the Cyprus Problem was the Greek Cypriots’ aspiration to achieve ENOSİS or union with Greece, Akıncı said that the Turkish Cypriot people desire nothing more than living and existing as a politically equal community on the island.

We have no quarrels with others’ rights”, he added.

Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side had gone into election mode and that everything could start from the beginning, Akıncı said “We are going through an important phase. The Greek Cypriot side could experience a transformation of mentality and I hope it looks very difficult at the moment. You could see someone we have never heard of being elected…then we could re-evaluate the situation.”

The President however pointed out that no one should expect or think that the Turkish Cypriot people will become a minority within the Greek Cypriot republic in the South.


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