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Akinci meets Mogherini in New York (Updated)

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini discussed the Cyprus problem on Wednesday during a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Reports said Akinci informed the EU diplomat of the Turkish Cypriot side’s determination to resolve the Cyprus problem, as well their concerns and expectations.

The Turkish Cypriot leader told Mogherini that the EU must play a more constructive role in the reunification talks, according to reports.

Akinci and Mogherini also discussed EU relations with the Turkish Cypriot community.

Akinci is scheduled to meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday.

At the same time, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay accused the Greek Cypriot side of not wanting the Cyprus problem resolved.

In an interview with Halkın Sesi in New York, Ozersay said the aim of the Greek Cypriot side is not to conclude the Cyprus negotiations with success but to continue the Cyprus problem.

He added that it was time to question the real reasons of deadlock of the Cyprus negotiations.

“The Greek Cypriot side considers the continuation of the current status quo as something in which it can move with ease and does not see the advantages of a solution in Cyprus therefore I do not think that the Greek Cypriot side will take a sincere initiative to change the status quo,” he said.

Ozersay said he has been in the business for 15 years and he could easily say that the negotiations could go on for 50 more years.

The Turkish Cypriot politician said UN envoy Jane Holl Lute, dispatched by the Secretary General to explore the possibility of resuming the talks, had asked whether they would be a success this time round.

“I think she did not get a response to this,” Ozersay said. “It is time to seek the real causes of the failed negotiations; we have been discussing it for half a century, generations changes, the terms now have a different substance, they fade.”


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