Deal without rotating presidency out of question, says Turkish Cyprus

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı has said his administration cannot put a peace deal that does not contain a rotating presidency to a public vote.

Speaking after an Oct. 13 meeting with his Greek Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, and United Nations special advisor, Espen Barth Eide, as part of the accelerated peace negotiations on the island, Akıncı said any solution must contain a rotating presidency model.

“We emphasize this whenever the occasion arises. It is not possible to present to the nation an agreement that does not contain the rotating presidency. This is very clear. Such a thing is out of the question,” he added.

Speaking after another meeting with the same group on Oct. 14, Akıncı said there had been more rapprochement with accelerated talks between the two sides, adding that there were still differences on some points.

The Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey partially intervened in the north of the island following a coup that aimed at unification with Greece.

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Solution in Cyprus to contribute to global energy security: Turkish Cypriot president

A solution in Cyprus will help ensure the world’s energy security and access to energy sources, according to Mustafa Akıncı, the president of Turkish Cyprus.

“Depending on the approach of the Greek Cypriots, it would be possible for us to have a federation with two divisions [on both sides of the island] in a very short time. In such a case, the United Cyprus Federation would make serious contributions to the world’s energy security and energy access topics,” he said in a special address during the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul on Oct. 10.

“A new energy corridor between the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe through Turkey would be very secure, low cost and efficient. It would not only benefit the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots in Cyprus, or Turkey, but would also be a huge opportunity and potential for a very large geographical area,” Akıncı said.
Israel and Egypt would also benefit if there is a peace deal in Cyprus, he said.

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Hopes high about ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to reunify Cyprus

The prospect of a breakthrough ending the decades-old division of Cyprus could be delivered at a much-anticipated meeting between the leaders of the island’s two estranged communities.

Reunification hopes are expected to be reinvigorated on Sunday when the president, Nicos Anastasiades, who heads Greeks in the south, and Mustafa Akıncı, who heads Turks in the north, hold talks in New York with the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

“We have prepared this meeting very well and have worked for the best possible outcome,” said Espen Barth Eide, the secretary-general’s special adviser on Cyprus.

That the meeting is taking place at all is a breakthrough in itself. In the 16 months since this latest round of peace talks began, the two men have only ever met together with Ban on one other occasion.

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Turkish Cypriot leaders hope meeting leads to agreement

 September 24
UNITED NATIONS — Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci says he expects a meeting Sunday with his Greek Cypriot counterpart and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide a road map for reunification of the ethnically split Mediterranean island.

Cyprus was divided into a breakaway Turkish-speaking north and an internationally recognized Greek-speaking south in 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aimed at unifying with Greece.

Akinci and his Greek Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades have said they have made progress on many issues, including on how to share power in a possible federation. But more work needs to be done. Akinci met with Ban on Saturday and Anastasiades met with the U.N. chief on Sept. 18.

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90 days is enough to reach a peace deal in Cyprus, says Turkish Cypriot leader

A peace deal can be reached on Cyprus within 90 days if both sides of the divided Mediterranean island are willing and decisive about the issue, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı has said.

“We have come to a point where the willpower, political courage and decisiveness factors weigh more heavily than the time factor. If there is will and decisiveness then 90 days is enough [to reach a peace deal on the island],” Akıncı said in a televised interview on Sept. 15 in response to a question on whether Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades would take a possible resolution to his nation, according to a transcript of the interview published on the Turkish Cypriot Presidency’s website on Sept. 15.

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Turkish Cypriot leader Akıncı hopes for reunification in 2016

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus aims to conclude ongoing reunification talks with Greek Cypriots this year, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı said Friday.

“The goal is to make this year, 2016, a year of solution,” Akıncı said following a three-hour meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Espen Barth Eide, special representative of the UN secretary-general on Cyprus.

He said the meeting had been very fruitful.

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Greek, Turkish Cypriots have will to overcome differences, Anastasiades says

The leaders of the divided Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Friday reaffirmed their differences over territory and post-reunification security but also the will to overcome them through dialogue.

“The differences were identified, but also the will to overcome them through  creative dialogue,” President Nicos Anastasiades said after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Friday’s meeting was the last one before a summer break. The two men discussed the sticking points of territory, security, and guarantees, which will be revisited during the eight meetings scheduled after the break.

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Turkey reiterates support for peace talks in Cyprus

Turkey reiterated its support for the U.N.-led peace talks in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus on July 20, which marked the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish military intervention on the island, with a reduced military presence in the national day parades.

“The Cyprus issue, which should guarantee the political equality, legitimate rights and security of the Cypriot Turks, and which we see as a national case, continues to be our priority,” said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş during the July 20 Peace and Freedom celebrations in Nicosia on July 20. Read the rest of this entry »

Turks cross to Greek Cyprus for Eid prayers at historic mosque

Hundreds of Turks crossed the “Green Line” dividing the Mediterranean island of Cyprus on July 7 to pray at a mosque in Greek Cyprus, a rare pilgrimage made possible by a 2014 accord.

In searing heat, police escorted a convoy of buses carrying the pilgrims to the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque, a site revered by Muslims as the burial site of the aunt of the Prophet Mohammed.

The visitors then held a prayer service marking Eid al-Fitr, the festival that concludes the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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Israel gas may flow to Turkey via Turkish Cyprus

The need to transport natural gas found off of Israel to EU markets was one of the main motivations for the normalization deal between Israel and Turkey, reached on June 26.

The numbers tell that the gas factor was more of a pushing factor for Israel than it was for Turkey. It seems that gas from Israel will provide middle term source-diversification for Turkey, besides the more important political meaning that will come with economic interdependence.

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