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Akinci waiting to hear Anastasiades’ thoughts on a decentralised federation

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is waiting to hear from President Nicos Anastasiades his detailed ideas on the notion of a decentralised federation, he said on Sunday.

In a lengthy interview with Politis, a snippet of which was posted online, Akinci said he wanted to get some messages out to the Greek Cypriot people.

According to the newspaper, Akinci’s main point was having Anastasiades spell out his positions with regard to his talk about a decentralised federation when they meet informally on February 26.

Akinci, in the interview, also explains why he sees a bizonal, bicommunal, federation as being the only alternative to the status quo, and reiterated that the issue of guarantees cannot be discussed without it being made clear that the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots must be respected, and that they would be partners in a federation and not opponents.

He also said it was alarming that Anastasiades was using the issue of natural gas to indicate a point at which there might be dysfunctionality in a future federation.

According to Cybc, the Turkish Cypriot leader also he did not see any reason for Anastasiades’ proposal that they  now write down areas of convergence and disagreement since it has been done before.

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