Opposition leaders still look to restart talks after election in south

President Mustafa Akıncı met with leaders of the opposition ahead of his upcoming visit to New York to exchange views.

The leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party Tufan Erhürman and leader of the Social Democratic Party Cemal Özyiğit, who were received separately, spoke to the press afterwards.

Both leaders expressed the view that the Cyprus negotiations should restart following the elections in South Cyprus scheduled to take place in February next year.

Speaking to reporters after a 45 minute discussion with the president, the CTP leader Tufan Erhürman said that the meeting had focused on issues which will be taken up at the UN Security Council next week.

Stating that they expected the UN to prepare an objective report from the UN, Erhürman said that this would bring to light the truth following confusing statements made by the Greek Cypriot side because of the forthcoming election in the south.

Pointing out that he and members of his party have been meeting with the AKEL General Secretary Andros Kyprianu, the CTP leader said that it was unrealistic to expect the talks to restart before the elections take place in South Cyprus.

The talks should continue after the February elections in South Cyprus. But this cannot be possible with the current method. The UN needs to reformulate a result-oriented solution” he said.

Also speaking to reporters after his meeting with the president, the leader of the Social Democratic Party Cemal Özyiğit said that his party supported the continuation of the negotiations process on the basis of existing UN parameters.

He however added that they expected no new developments before the elections were held in South Cyprus.

Özyiğit too expressed the hope that the UN Secretary General’s report regarding developments at Crans-Montana will be objective.

We hope that the report will also clearly and openly highlight the efforts of the president”, he said.


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