Akinci meets with Erdogan and Anastasiades speaks with Biden

Akinci meets with Erdogan and Anastasiades speaks with Biden

Nicosia, May 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was in Ankara on Wednesday where he met Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and was later due to meet President Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu.

It was his first stop after being elected on April 26. No comments were made to the press after the meeting with Davutoglu but Akinci was expected to give a news conference later on Wednesday before returning to the north later in the evening.

According to Turkish Cypriot press, Akinci and his team would ask Turkey’s strong support for the new round of Cyprus talks and would brief them on his discussions with UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, who is on the island this week.

Havadis news outlet cited sources saying that while in Ankara, Akinci would discuss getting Turkey’s help in acquiring well-trained experts especially on the fields of international law, property and constitution.

The UN on Tuesday urged the two communities to seize the unique opportunity presented to them to reunify the island, as both leaders voiced readiness to resume negotiations without delay. Eide met Akinci on Monday and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday. He said he was very encouraged by the climate that has been created over the last weeks and months.

A date has not yet been set for the resumption of talks, though the government said the aim was to start this month. A date could be announced next Monday after the leaders meet for a dinner.

Anastasiades spoke with Biden

Cypriot President on Wednesday spoke with US Vice President Joe Biden by phone and briefed him on the prospects for the new round of talks, Government Spokesman. Nicos Christodoulides said in a written statement.

The President reiterated his political will for a solution and also informed Biden on his proposals for confidence building measures.

Christodoulides said Biden expressed Washington’s interest in the resumption of talks and hopes for positive developments.

Issues of bilateral interest were also discussed, the spokesman said.

Anastasiades will hold meetings with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Russian President Vladimir Putin, European Council President Donald Tusk and other Heads of States and Governments in the framework of his visit to Poland and Moscow the next few days.

According to an announcement, the President departs tomorrow, 7 May, for Poland, where he will participate in the celebrations to mark the end of World War II.

During his stay in Warsaw, the President of the Republic will hold bilateral meetings with heads of states, as well as with the President of the European Council.

On 8 May, the President of the Republic will travel to the Russian Federation, where he will participate in the events, which will take place on 9 May, on the occasion of Victory Day.

In Moscow, President Anastasiades will hold meetings with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon and with other Heads of States and Governments.

The President of the Republic, who will be accompanied by the Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, returns home May 10.