President Mustafa Akinci and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held a joint press conference following their private meeting which took place today at the Presidential Palace.
President Akinci thanked the foreign minister for his contribution to the negotiation process and expressed his hope that this would continue. He also shared his vision for the future of Cyprus and said that he was determined to find a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.
Speaking after the president, Cavusoglu said that Turkey’s stance on Cyprus problem was the same as it was during the Annan Plan period. He also said that Turkey was “now even more eager to contribute to the comprehensive settlement in Cyprus”. He also praised both sides for showing the will for a solution and said that he hoped this momentum would continue.
“We were very pleased with the recent developments and that the two leaders have agreed to meet twice a month. The decision for the negotiators to meet more often is also a very good one. Seeing that both Mr Akinci and Mr Anastasiades are demonstrating strong will for solution increased our hopes for a comprehensive, sustainable and just settlement”, he said.
Cavusoglu noted that Turkey would to continue to support the Turkish Cypriot community in every way and in particular on the negotiations.
Referring to the issue of removing the guarantors, the foreign minister said that it would not help to discuss the topic at this stage, in particular that speculation would not help the negotiations process.
Concluding, he said that the issue would be discussed at an international conference which would be attended by the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Greece, Turkey and the UK when the negotiation process was completed.