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Turkish Cypriot leader walks out of today’s meeting in the UN-led peace talks

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The Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci walked out of today’s meeting, part of UN-led settlement talks, with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, according to a well-informed source.

The meeting was scheduled to start at 10.00am local time (8.00am GMT), in the framework of UN-led talks for a Cyprus solution.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades did not wish to say anything on his return to the Presidential Palace from his talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who according to a well-informed source walked out of today`s meeting.

Anastasiades said he would make a statement and therefore he did not wish to say anything to journalists on arrival at the Presidential Palace.

“I will not make any comment. Just wait and I will make a statement. Therefore you will be informed about everything,” he added.

According to sources, during their short meeting which began at 1000 in the morning local time, Anastasiades and Akinci elaborated on their positions as regards a decision taken by the Cypriot Parliament on Friday to commemorate the 1950 Enosis Referendum in schools. The same sources said that there was no tension during the discussion and that Akinci walked away from the talks during a short break in their discussions.

A Greek Cypriot source said the Greek Cypriot side has absolutely no intention to wreck the ongoing UN-led talks, noting that “we are not the ones who walked away” from the talks.

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


Source: Cyprus News Agency

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