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Akinci: No joint statement planned

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

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Monday dismissed as factually incorrect reports in the Greek Cypriot media to the effect that he and President Nicos Anastasiades would be making a joint statement on convergences on May 27, the date of their next meeting.
A statement signed by Akinci’s spokesman, Baris Burcu, said the leaders have taken no such decision.
Akinci’s office also denied other reports suggesting the two sides have agreed on a joint army.
Issues pertaining to security and guarantees would be discussed at the tail-end of the reunification talks, with the participation of all parties, the statement read.
The current round of talks began in May 2015.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island which was backed by the Athens government.



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