President Mustafa Akıncı received the authorities of the Turkish Cypriot Businessmen Association under the Presidency of Metin Şadi the day before. In his speech, stating that as long as there is a political will, a solution will be closer, Akıncı said that steps are being taken to bring the two communities closer. Adding that they hope the steps taken will shorten the way which goes to a comprehensive solution, Akıncı said that their aim was to reach a comprehensive solution in a short time. Furthermore, expressing that solution process should be walked together, Akıncı stressed that beside the two leaders, communities and non-governmental organizations also have a serious role in this process. Underlining that communities will live the result of negotiations after approving the result, Akıncı indicated that within this context, communities’ being a part of the process is very important. In his speech, the President of the Turkish Cypriot Businessmen Association Metin Şadi stated that as soon as Akıncı has been elected as the President, an important synergy in the North Cyprus, South Cyprus and International Community has been created on the way to a solution. Expressing that Akıncı’s appointing Özdil Nami as a negotiator is a very important message towards a solution, Şadi said “We want the negotiations to end with a comprehensive solution in a short time and we also believe that they should be supported with confidence building measures”. Akıncı thanked to the authorities of the Turkish Cypriot Businessmen Association saying that their support is a very important motivation.
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