President expresses his willingness to meet with Akinci

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed on Friday his willingness to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

His comments came as UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide returned to the island in a bid to revive the UN-led talks on the Cyprus problem, suspended after Akinci walked away from the talks, citing an amendment passed by the Cypriot parliament.

The amendment includes a once a year discussion of ten minutes in school classrooms about the 1950 referendum held in Cyprus, which favoured back then a union (or enosis in the Greek language) with Greece.

Asked on his meeting with Eide earlier on Friday and on reports that the UN will pursue to hold a social event to be attended by the two leaders, Anastasiades said he was not aware about such a thing.

Eide is scheduled to meet with Akinci on Saturday.

Asked whether he would be willing to meet Akinci, the President said “Of course, I am always willing.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks between Anastasiades and Akinci began in May 2015 with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency