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Akinci: cooperation is not recognition

Mustafa Akinci

The Greek Cypriots need to end their “obsession” that cooperating with the Turkish Cypriots will help in the recognition of the ‘TRNC’, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Aknici was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Daily Kibris reported that Akinci called on universities in the north and the south of the island to cooperate, saying such cooperation should be discussed in the negotiations.
Speaking at the opening of the Near East University’s academic year, Akinci mentioned the Greek Cypriots’ “obsession” over any sign of recognition saying the issue was affecting joint talks for cooperation in the area of mobile phone telephony.
Akinci said education, especially in the government-controlled areas, was alienating the communities from each other, and cited the English School – a bi-communal school – as an example in which “a new point of view” was needed on its curriculum.
The Turkish Cypriot leader said there were views in Cyprus in favour of other options besides a federal solution but he argued that there were people within both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities who would reject even the best solution.
Akinci said that when he had recently stated that negative consequences could arise if the island’s natural resources were not wisely used, some circles on the Greek Cypriot side had misunderstood his warning. He had meant that using hydrocarbons wisely would contribute to the development of relations between countries in the region.
The same applied when it came to water from Turkey, he said, adding that it could be used for both communities.
Akinci repeated his view on bi-zonality, which was that Turkish Cypriots would have the clear majority of property and population, which the Greek Cypriot side says is contrary to the EU aquis on freedom of movement. Both leaders discussed the matter during their meeting on Monday but the issue remains unresolved.

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