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President Mustafa Akinci expressed that they negotiated the core issues for the first time and they made progress on some issues and added “Step by step, the works come to fruition. We managed to make progress on issues like electricity, mobile phones and some other issues”.

President Akinci made statements at the TRNC Presidency following the meeting with leader of Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anastasiadis held in the buffer zone.

Akinci said “We, for the first time, negotiated the core issues within the context of the comprehensive negotiations”. Akıncı said that the two negotiators have produced a comprehensive document which determines the status of “almost all” headings. “We have reached to a point where we will intensify the work on the issues that are not agreed upon yet and we are doing it in order to reach a comprehensive settlement”, said the President.

Furthermore, stating that they made progress and they determined new working areas for the negotiators till the next meetings, Akinci noted that the negotiators will continue to meet three times a week and leaders will continue to discuss core issues at the meeting to be held on 10 July. Akinci also added that everybody should avoid the expressions which will not contribute to the process.

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