The Republic of Cyprus welcomes the choice of Mustafa Akinci as the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, a man who through his public discourse and his declarations has referred to the need for reunification of the country, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has told CNA.
Christodoulides, who was asked by CNA to comment on the result of today`s vote in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, said that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades “has just had a telephone communication with Mr Akinci, during which he congratulated him.”
Both leaders, he added, “expressed the wish to work for the reunification of our country.”
Christodoulides said that the Republic of Cyprus “welcomes the choice of Mr Akinci as the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, a man who through his public discourse, his declarations, has referred to the need for the reunification of our country.”
The Government Spokesman expressed the hope that “through a sincere and substantial dialogue with the active involvement of Turkey those conditions which will allow us to be optimistic that the occupation can come to an end and our country can truly be reunified will be created.”
UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, who also congratulated the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, will be in Cyprus between May 4 – 8 to continue preparations for the resumption of peace talks.
A readout released by UNFICYP`s public information office says that Eide “congratulated Mr. Akıncı on his new role and welcomed his commitment to resuming negotiations as soon as possible.”
Eide, the readout adds, “will return to Cyprus from 4 to 8 May to continue preparations for the resumption of talks.”