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Akinci says Greek Cypriot side lacks determination for talks

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci

Verbal appeals to restart reunification talks have no meaning, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Thursday, accusing the Greek Cypriot side of lacking the necessary determination.

In a message to mark the festival of Eid el-Adha, Akinci said the Greek Cypriot side was constantly repeating that it was ready to resume the talks within the framework of the UN Secretary General’s parameters, whose content they had failed to meet during the failed conference on Cyprus two months ago.

At this stage, Akinci was quoted as saying by the Cyprus News Agency, verbal appeals had no meaning as the Greek Cypriot side lacked the necessary determination. He added that similar procedures would only yield the same results, so the open-ended procedure could not continue.

He said the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot side had realised the historic responsibility they had and they acted with determination.

“It is a shame we cannot say the same about the Greek Cypriot side,” he said. “Instead of arriving at an agreement inside a logical framework they sought to assign blame. It emerged during the conference that domestic concerns were more important and unfortunately a historic opportunity was lost due to this stance.”

He reiterated that as time passed, it solidified the existence of two separate states no matter how one saw it.

“The reality is there are two separate states in Cyprus. The TRNC, even if it is not recognised, is a reality,” he said.

He blamed this on the Greek Cypriot side’s struggle for union with Greece, saying Turkish Cypriots were ousted from the common state in 1963.

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