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President Akıncı favors UN-backed efforts for opening of fenced off city Maraş

President Akıncı favors UN-backed efforts for opening of fenced off city Maraş President Mustafa Akıncı said on Wednesday that the fenced off city Maraş (Varosha) was being used as an election tactic and added that he continues to support UN-backed efforts in opening the ghost town.
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President Mustafa Akıncı said on Wednesday that the fenced off city Maraş (Varosha) was being used as an election tactic and added that he continues to support UN-backed efforts in opening the ghost town.

“A meeting was organised with everyone except Akıncı [me],” he said on Wednesday evening at a press conference.

“Things are said two months before an election. There is no one who doesn’t know what that meeting meant.”

President Mustafa Akıncı also emphasized that the fenced-off city of Maraş was a communal and international issue which was why any steps to be taken on the matter should not be in conflict with the United Nations (UN).

Answering questions of editors-in-chief on a special programme aired jointly by BRT, Kıbrıs Genç TV and Kıbrıs TV, President Akıncı pointed out that the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had made it clear in his statement following the trilateral meeting in Berlin in November that any new process on the Cyprus Problem will be results-oriented and will not be open-ended.

“I share the same view with the UN Secretary-General,” Akıncı said.

He also pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side will never recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

“That is why we should determine a roadmap at a five-party conference once the presidential elections are held,” Akıncı added.

Regarding relations with Turkey, the president said that he has never had and never will have feelings of enmity towards Turkey.

The goal he said was to create a friendly geography for Turkey as a civilized European country where everyone could live humanely and all rights were respected.

He added that the TRNC should be able to stand on its own feet economically.

This, he added, did not mean the TRNC did not require the support of Turkey.

Also touching upon the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, Akıncı said that the Turkish Cypriot side will continue to seek its rights over offshore hydrocarbons with the support of Turkey.


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