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Akinci in Ankara to garner support for new round of talks (Updated with Biden call)

Mustafa Akinci

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was in Ankara on Wednesday where he met Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and was later due to meet President Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu.

It was his first stop after being elected on April 26. No comments were made to the press after the meeting with Davutoglu but Akinci was expected to give a news conference later on Wednesday before returning to the north later in the evening.

According to Turkish Cypriot press, Akinci and his team would ask Turkey’s strong support for the new round of Cyprus talks and would brief them on his discussions with UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, who is on the island this week.

Havadis news outlet cited sources saying that while in Ankara, Akinci would discuss getting Turkey’s help in acquiring well-trained experts especially on the fields of international law, property and constitution.

The UN on Tuesday urged the two communities to seize the unique opportunity presented to them to reunify the island, as both leaders voiced readiness to resume negotiations without delay. Eide met Akinci on Monday and President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday. He said he was very encouraged by the climate that has been created over the last weeks and months.

A date has not yet been set for the resumption of talks, though the government said the aim was to start this month. A date could be announced next Monday after the leaders meet for a dinner.

Anastasiades on Wednesday spoke with US Vice President Joe Biden by phone and briefed him on the prospects for the new round of talks, Government Spokesman. Nicos Christodoulides said in a written statement.

The President reiterated his political will for a solution and also informed Biden on his proposals for confidence building measures.

Christodoulides said Biden expressed Washington’s interest in the resumption of talks and hopes for positive developments.

Issues of bilateral interest were also discussed, the spokesman said.


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