President to discuss Akinci’s statements in their next meeting on October 12

President to discuss Akinci’s statements in their next meeting on October 12

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will put forward the latest statements by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in their next private meeting in the context of Cyprus talks, said Wednesday government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides.

Akinci`s statements in the Turkish Cypriot press after the completion of his contacts in New York provoked reactions in the Greek Cypriot side, especially because of statements on permanent derogations from the EU acquis after the solution.

“The President of the Republic, at his meeting with Mr. Akinci which is scheduled for October 12 in the afternoon, will put forward in their tête-à-tête meeting, the issue of the statements by the Turkish Cypriot leader,” he said.

Christodoulides said that that the recent Akinci`s statements, confirm what the President of the Republic repeatedly has said, that “we are at a turning point in the negotiations”.

“Progress has been made on important issues. There is, however, distance and disagreement in other very important issues”, he said. He added that through negotiation, especially in November when the meetings of the leaders are expected to intensify, the government could draw more reliable conclusions in relation to how the process is progressing.

At the same time he sent the message that “we need to remain serious, committed to the goal of ending the occupation and reunite our country, but also to the need for hard work and tough negotiations”.

He also pointed out that at the end of the day the Cypriot people will judge any final result achieved.

Asked whether the Greek Prime Minister has informed the Cypriot Government for an intention of the Turkish Prime Minister to come to Cyprus via Larnaca airport, as stated in Akinci`s interview the Spokesman said that “we have not been informed that such a message has been transmitted. ”

At the same time he sent a message to Turkey to stop public statements to serve its own goals or intentions, and to focus as the Cypriot Government expects, into concrete actions.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May this year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.