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Akinci: Kerry wants to visit Cyprus in November (Update)

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci

John Kerry has expressed the wish to visit Cyprus in November, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Friday after meeting the US Secretary of State in New York.

Akinci said Kerry had expressed continuing US support for a Cyprus solution based on a bizonal, bizonal bicommunal federation.

He also said, according to Turkish Cypriot media, that Kerry had expressed his wish to visit Cyprus in November.

The Turkish Cypriot leader had briefed Kerry on the Cyprus negotiations and reaffirmed his determination to reach a solution as soon as possible with President Nicos Anastasiades.

Akinci was due to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon later on Friday, also in New York.

According to Turkish Cypriot Bayrak TV online, Akinci met the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Wednesday, where the Cyprus negotiations process topped the agenda.

As part of his contacts, on the same day Akinci also met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for 45 minutes.

Turkish Cypriot press reported that during the meeting, Davutoglu reiterated Turkey’s support for the negotiations process and the ongoing efforts towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem “based on the political equality of the Turkish Cypriot people and their legitimate rights”.
Turkish Cypriot chief negotiator Ozdil Nami and Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu, and the representative of the breakaway state in the US, Mehmet Dana accompanied Akinci.

Davutoglu was accompanied by the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek at the meeting.
On Thursday, Akinci met New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murry McCully and also had a meeting with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Frederica Mogherini.

In his short statement following the meeting, Akinci stressed that the peace and prosperity to be provided by a solution in Cyprus would be a positive example for the region. He said they had also
discussed the EU’s role and contributions in case of a possible solution as were the “precautions” the Turkish Cypriot side wants to see in order to preserve the bi-communal, bi-zonal character of a post-solution Cyprus.

The cost of a solution was also part of the discussions.

“In brief, we gave information about the current stage of the negotiations and stressed that a solution to be reached in Cyprus should have a legal certainty within the EU. We talked about the positive role of the EU for meeting the expenses of a solution. It was a positive meeting,” said Akinci.

Meanwhile, during his address to the UN General Assembly, Davutoglu touched on the Cyprus issue. “We will continue to support a solution to the Cyprus problem based on the two people of the island being equal partners with political equality,” he said.
He also expressed the hope that the current negotiations would be concluded shortly.


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