Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci stated that “if there is no rotating presidency between the two founding states of a perspective Cypriot federal state, for which accelerated negotiations are being conducted, there will be no peace deal.”
Akinci’s statement was published by Hurriyet Daily News on Monday morning.
He added: “A rotating presidency is one of the indispensable topics for the equality of the Turkish Cypriot nation. If the Greek Cypriot side says that ‘the rotating presidency will never be a parameter of the solution,’ then this means there will be no deal.”
Akinci added that the discussion could only be held on “which intervals the rotating presidency can be implemented.”
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Akinci further added that if a deal would not be reached, then “the Greek Cypriot side may become neighbours with Turkey on the island.”
When questioned if he meant that the occupying areas would annex with Turkey, Akinci commented: “I cannot know how the structure would develop after many years.
“In case of no solution we would of course want for the continuation of the [so-called] ‘TRNC’ [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] but the Greek Cypriot side should carefully think where the [internationally-] unrecognised ‘TRNC’ embargoes and the deadlock that accompanies [the whole process] will lead the issue to.”
Akinci’s comments come after Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met in New York at the UN General Assembly on Sunday afternoon.
UN Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide also held talks with Ban and Anastasiades, and later with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on the Cyprus Problem.
Akinci and Anastasiades are scheduled to meet Ban on September 25 in New York in a tripartite meeting, while the United Nations General Assembly is held.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and illegally occupied the island’s northern third. Repeated peace talks have so far failed to reach a negotiated agreement to reunite the country.
Anastasiades and Akinci resumed talks aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof since May 2015.