Akıncı: “We will work to reach a settlement that can be approved by the people willingly”

Stating that a possible settlement of the Cyprus problem needs to be based on liberty, equality and security, President Mustafa Akıncı said: “We will work to reach a settlement that can be approved by the people willingly.”

Stating that the tragic events in Cyprus did not start in 1974 and they date back to before 1974, President Mustafa Akıncı said at the reception of Cyprus Turkish Businessmen Association: “Such events happened in 1963 and 1950s as well. All these make up our recent history. The important thing is to take lessons from these events while shaping the future. Both sides have suffered.”

Akıncı said: “I am underlining three issues. The first is our liberty, the second is our equality, and the third is our security.  A possible settlement must be based on these three elements. I do not want these only for my community. I want these for the other community as well.” Stating that these would be possible only with the UN parameters, Akıncı said that this structure is very clear.

Pointing out that they will talk about the guarantor powers in the end, and that agreements of guarantee are international, Akıncı said that they will discuss this issue as well when the time is right.

Stating that not only the leaders, but also the people should be happy with the settlement, Akıncı said that the settlement will be put to a referendum and the people will decide.  Akıncı said: “We will work to reach a settlement that can be approved by the people willingly.”

Stating that there will be no discrimination against anyone, Akıncı said: “The people can feel at ease in this and in the issue of security as well.”