Akinci: Political equality of T/C will be accepted or existence of 2 entities will continue


Under the title “Either equality or two separate entities”, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (07.08.17) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has argued that the Greek Cypriot side should carry out a “very serious assessment” [of the situation in Cyprus after the failure of the Crans Montana Conference] and that as time passes two “separate states” will be rooted in Cyprus and not the unification of the island.

Addressing a festival in occupied Galateia village, Akinci claimed that if a federal solution were to be found in this country, two politically equal founding states and rotating presidency would have to apply. Either the Greek Cypriots will accept the “politically equal existence of the Turkish Cypriots with a federal understanding or the existence of two separate entities will continue”, he alleged.

Akinci further said that the Turkish Cypriot side was at the stage of carrying out assessments at this point and that the communities which shared Cyprus should definitely have a peaceful relation. He noted that the Turkish Cypriots wanted to become part of the world and get rid of the so-called embargo allegedly implemented on them.

Furthermore, the Turkish Cypriot leader alleged that the Greek Cypriots went to the Cyprus negotiations in Mont Pelerin, Geneva and Crans Montana thinking that the Turkish Cypriots would take no steps. He argued that in Mont Pelerine the Greek Cypriots asked for a recess and left, in Geneva Greece asked a break and in Crans Montana the Greek Cypriots prevented the Greek Prime Minister from coming to the Conference.

Referring to the advisers of the United Nations for Cyprus, Akinci alleged that all of them were attacked by the Greek Cypriots when they left, as was the case with Espen Barth Eide. He argued that the Turkish Cypriots also had disagreements with Eide and they expected him to speak more clearly at some points, but they never attacked him publicly or offended him.

Finally, Akinci said that during the past few days he had held meetings with various Turkish Cypriot organizations and established that there was a broad consensus within the Turkish Cypriot community that the Turkish Cypriots did not want to become a minority in a unitary Greek Cypriot state or become a province of Turkey.

Source: PIO

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