EC President Juncker will receive Akinci tomorrow in Brussels

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker will receive tomorrow in Brussels the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

The meeting takes place following an announcement by the UN that the Cyprus peace talks will resume next week.

President Juncker did not have any planned meeting with Akinci, who has been visiting Brussels today. Juncker was in Strasbourg France, where the European Parliament Plenary and the College of Commissioners meet this week.

According to an EU diplomat, speaking to CNA, the fact that the UN had just announced the resumption of the Cyprus settlement talks, gave President Juncker the necessary framework to meet Akinci, something that would not have otherwise happened.

The exact time of the meeting will be finalised tomorrow morning, as the President will still needs to travel from Strasbourg back to Brussels for the meeting.

UN-backed efforts to reunite Cyprus under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades has described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision is revoked. The House is set to vote on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision, on Friday 7 April.

The UN Secretary General Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide hosted a dinner last Sunday for President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. In an announcement, issued after the dinner, the UN noted that the two leaders reconfirmed their joint commitment to finding a solution in the best interest of all Cypriots and exchanged ideas about the way ahead.

Source: Cyprus News Agency