United Nations.- Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci says he expects Sunday’s tripartite meeting and the UN headquarters with President Anastasiades and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide a road map for reunification of Cyprus.
Akinci was speaking to the press, following his meeting on Saturday, with Secretary Ban. A read out from UN spokesman’s office says, “the Secretary-General and the Turkish Cypriot leader discussed progress in the full-fledged negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, facilitated by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Mr. Espen Barth Eide.
The Secretary-General welcomed the significant progress achieved by the two leaders in the past year as well as their joint statement issued on 14 September 2016. He was encouraged by the determination and commitment demonstrated by the two leaders as well as the atmosphere of mutual trust, determination and goodwill in and surrounding the talks.”
“Hopefully tomorrow’s meeting … will indicate the way which will carry us to the long-awaited final conclusion,” Akinci said.
Akinci said he also hoped for an agreement in 2016, in part because Ban’s term of office ends in December, a new U.S. administration will be in office and new drilling will start in Cyprus’ EEZ.