Akinci on an official visit to Ankara

Akinci on an official visit to Ankara

Ankara, May 06, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

The newly elected president of the Turkish Cypriot Mustafa Akinci is on an official visit to Ankara, where he arrived Wednesday morning. The leader of the Turkish-Cypriots is expected to meet with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu.

The Erdogan-Akinci meeting is awaited with great interest, since last week there was great controversy with verbal statements level between the two men.

Akinci, during his election campaign, but also immediately after his election with 61% in the elections on April 26, had stated that “Turkey must stop being the motherland of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and created equal and fraternal relations must be created between the two sides”.

The Turkish President had reacted strongly and had stated that “Mr. Akinci must listen closely to what he says, using his ears, and that Turkey is the motherland and will remain so”.

On Monday, Akinci had its first meeting with the special adviser of the Secretary General of the UN Espen Eide and stated that “guarantees are not of the critical issues at this time”.

The new leader of Turkish Cypriots stated that he made it clear that “as long as there is no final solution form, acceptable by the two sides, the existing system of guarantees will continue”.

For the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), announced by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Akinci said that it is a positive step that bring together the two sides. Mustafa Akinci proposes as CBMs the connect of the mobile networks, the opening of more roadblocks, the free movement of commercial vehicles and the free export of halloumi.