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Akinci unhappy Cyprob focus shifting to Brussels

Mustafa Akinci: the issues left for last are usually the hardest to tackle

The solution to the Cyprus problem lies in Nicosia and not in Brussels, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Thursday in a written statement.

He said if it was the Greek Cypriot side’s intention to sideline the Turkish Cypriots and make Turkey its interlocutor instead, it would not work.

“There cannot be a solution under such circumstance. The solution will be found in Cyprus by Cypriots,” he added.

The ‘TRNC’ Akinci said supports Turkey’s EU accession. “We know that the Cyprus problem, unresolved, constitutes a restriction to that,” Akinci said.

“However, the road to a Cyprus solution does not pass from Brussels but from Nicosia. Undoubtedly Brussels, Ankara and Athens are important centres that will contribute to the solution, but he is wrong who believes the Turkish Cypriots can be left out of the solution process.”

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