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Akinci ticked off over 15-minutes allocated to him by European Commission VP

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has complained that if European Commission’s Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, who is due in Cyprus on Thursday, can only spare him 15 minutes for a meeting, he might as well not bother.

During a speech he made in the north at an event for small and medium-sized business leaders, Akinci said that as the right-hand man of European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker who has authority over the task for implementation of financial package for Turkish Cypriots, Dombrovskis should be able to spare more than 15 minutes for a “courtesy visit”. “If it is to carry out visits like this, it would be better not to show up at all,” he said. On top of that the Turkish Cypriots were in the process of trying to implement the acquis, Akinci said.

The EU vice president would be in Cyprus for three days and that he would have a lot of contacts “in the south” and would give a news conference. Akinci said the EU had a duty to help prepare the Turkish Cypriots for membership.

“We are serious and we want those visiting us to be serious as well. The normal thing would be the one who is responsible to prepare the Turkish Cypriot side for the EU, to carry out contacts here. To come and hear us, learn about our sensitivities; this is their main responsibility. It should be made known that we will not accept such approaches,” he added.

Dombrovskis, who is also Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue, is due in Cyprus on Thursday to discuss issues regarding the economy and social issues as well as opportunities for development and investment.

Dombrovskis will be received by President Nicos Anastasiades. He will also meet President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou and will also hold meetings with Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and Minister of Labour Zeta Emilianidou.

Dombrovskis will also meet Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji as well as members of the House and social partners.
During his visit he will participate in a round table discussion on the EMU with the participation of distinguished economists and academics. He will also visit the Cyprus Institute which is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme.

 


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