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'GC leader finding it hard to accept UN's framework'

GREEK Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades still has “difficulties” in accepting the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots, President Mustafa Akıncı said.

'GC leader finding it hard to accept UN's framework'

Mr Akıncı slammed a speech made by Mr Anastasiades at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday in which he failed to refer to the principle of a rotating presidency in any new united Cyprus, part of a “framework” drawn up by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in June 2017.

“We have not come to New York to enter into a mutual blame game,” Mr Akıncı, who is also in New York, said in a statement.

“We are here to talk about what steps can be taken in cooperation with the UN to reopen the way for a Cyprus solution.

“[But] it should be known that the Turkish Cypriots also have rights to the platform used by [Mr Anastasiades] at the UN General Assembly.

“Unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot leaders have obtained this privilege since 1963 after the Turkish Cypriots were excluded from the 1960 partnership state.”

Mr Akıncı, who is due to meet Mr Guterres on Monday, was critical of Mr Anastasiades for stating that he and his predecessors have for 45 years been striving for a solution.

“However everyone knows that the demands for a solution by the Turkish Cypriot people have not been reciprocated by the Greek Cypriot leadership,” President Akıncı said.

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