According to Bayrak (2.07.2016),the two leaders, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades resumed talks on Friday within the framework of intensified negotiations process aimed at reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus Problem by the end of this year.
Making a statement upon his return to the Presidential Palace, President Mustafa Akıncı said that all chapters will be reviewed before the end of July.
Stressing the importance of the intensified process, Akıncı said that they remained committed to the goal of reaching a settlement before the end of 2016.
Noting that for the first time in the history of the negotiations the two sides have succeeded in producing a joint paper on property, Akıncı reminded that this was a difficult subject and that the talks will continue on this chapter.
He also pointed out that the issues of citizenship and residency will be discussed at their next meeting on the 8th of July.
Akıncı also added that they have agreed in principle that treaties and agreements signed by both sides in the past will be valid as long as they are not in violation of the treaty of establishment of the new federal republic.
Referring to the developments that have taken place between Turkey and Israel that have agreed to normalize relations, the president reiterated his support to the developments.
‘By joining the gas in Israel and the gas in Cyprus it can be sent to Turkey and via Turkey to Europe. This is the most practical, logical and most inexpensive way. This issue will be one of the important factors of the convergences between Turkey and Israel. If we solve the Cyprus problem, all of this will make more sense, can best be implemented, it will be more practical and all sides will be able to benefit much more’ said Akıncı.
He warned that if the Cyprus problem isn’t solved, then Cyprus may be left out of this energy equation and this is not a matter only for Turkish Cypriots but Greek Cypriots as well.
Apart from Friday’s meeting, President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades will be meeting on the 8th, 12th, 22nd, 26th and 29th of July.
The negotiators who will also be meeting frequently will be coming together on the 11th, 13th ,14th, 19th, 21st, 25th and 27th of July as well as the 1st, 3rd and 4th of August.