German Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier encouraged further progress in the ongoing negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem following a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Berlin on Tuesday.
“FM #Steinmeier encourages further progress in #Cyprus talks during meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader #Akinci,” a tweet by the German Foreign ministry said.
Relations between the two men had been tense since November, when Akinci refused to attend an event organised by the German embassy in Cyprus during a visit by Steinmeier.
Akinci was said to have snubbed the event, which was held at a restaurant in Nicosia’s buffer zone, because “his request that the two sides be represented on an equal footing was not met satisfactorily”, according to spokesman Baris Burcu.
In a written statement, Burcu had added that, according to the information available to the Turkish Cypriot side, President NicosAnastasiades would be addressed as ‘President of the Republic’, and Akinci as ‘Turkish Cypriot leader’.
Akıncı will depart from Germany on Wednesday for Istanbul, where he will attend the 13th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, a three-day event held in Turkey.