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Mixed expectations for meeting as President meets parties

BOTH hopelessness and cautious optimism were expressed by representatives of the main political parties as they assessed the likely outcome of Monday’s meeting in Berlin between President Mustafa Akıncı, Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Mixed expectations for meeting as President meets parties

The heads of the six political parties represented in Parliament were briefed by Mr Akıncı on Thursday ahead of his trip to Germany.

Speaking after the meeting, which was held behind closed doors, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, leader of the National Unity Party, said he was “fed up” with “debating the same old issues”. “We will be following the meeting closely in Berlin,” he said.“There are problems related to the meaning of political equality. It is obvious that a federal solution is not possible.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay, head of the People’s Party, said he had “no hope” from the Berlin meeting.

“There is no joint vision between the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots,” he said.

Main opposition Republican Turkish Party leader Tufan Erhürman called on Mr Guterres to “stand behind his position,” stating: “If there is going to be a new round of negotiations, it must not be open-ended”.

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