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Akinci calls for constructive approach, not preconditions (updated)

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci accused the Greek Cypriot side on Thursday of lacking goodwill and setting preconditions instead of tabling constructive proposals.

Speaking to Turkish Cypriot youths, Akinci said the biggest aim was to reach a solution to create a Cyprus where the young generations would be able to build a future in peace and comfort.

However, he said, one sided goodwill and constructive approach were not enough for a solution, urging the Greek Cypriots to respond to the steps taken in this direction.

“Unfortunately, we are encountering preconditions rather than constructive and creative proposals,” he said.

Akinci told the youths that whether there is a solution or not, everyone should continue to work for the benefit of the new generations.

Akinci and President Nicos Anastasiades failed to agree to a way forward on Wednesday, instead mandating UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide into a bout of shuttle diplomacy.

Eide said on Thursday the UN would convene a conference on Cyprus if and when the leaders wanted.

“If the leaders feel ready and that it is constructive to have a new Geneva, the UN is ready for this,” Eide told reporters following a meeting with Anastasiades.

He was scheduled to meet Akinci later on Thursday afternoon.

The UN diplomat reiterated that the procedure was still led by the leaders and they had to agree if they wanted to go to Geneva.



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