Reunited Cyprus must be federal: Akinci

President Mustafa Akinci said that a possible solution, which could be accepted by both communities, is a new bi-zonal, bi-communal federal state based on political equality.

Speaking to foreign journalists and parliamentarians, who were in the TRNC for the Peace and Freedom Day celebrations, Akinci said that there was no possibility that both communities would accept a unitary state solution or a confederation.

He added that the aim for the Cyprus talks is to establish, by the end of this year, a new bi-zonal, bi-communal federal state based on political equality, which will also safeguard security, freedom and equality of both communities. Akinci further said that it was of vital importance to the Turkish Cypriots that the federal structure was bi-zonal, equal and secure. He added that this message had been consistently conveyed to UN officials, as well as to all contacts that they had held. He argued that the ongoing negotiations are the last chance for a federal solution in Cyprus.

Asked to comment on what will happen should they not reach a federal solution by the end of the year, Akinci said that there is a great possibility of launching a process which will deepen the separation instead of unification under a federal roof.


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