Akıncı: “We should maintain a peaceful relationship, with or without a solution”


09 August 2017

President Mustafa Akıncı has said that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides need to create the conditions to maintain a humanitarian and civil relationship and to live in peace – regardless of whether a solution is reached”

The President was speaking at a ceremony for the 53rd Anniversary of the Erenköy Resistance to remember the resistance martyrs at the Erenköy Martyrdom.

At the ceremony, the citizens who wanted to pass by the Yeşilırmak Border Gate to Erenköy by bus were kept waiting at the border gate.

Akıncı referred to the difficulties experienced by attendees before the ceremony in his speech, saying, “This is not what we want. We do not want it. We need to create the conditions for being able to maintain a humanitarian and civil relationship and to live in peace”

Explaining the basis of the struggle, President Akıncı said,

“Cyprus is big enough for both communities, and they can live peacefully if each respects the other’s rights.”

He pointed out that the demands of those who struggled during the Erenköy Resistance 53 years ago were the same as those called for today, stressing that the Turkish Cypriot side was ready to “walk the last mile for a bi-communal, bi-zonal, federal solution to the Cyprus problem.”

Akıncı added, “The TRNC is not recognized, but it is a reality today – no one should ignore these realities”.

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