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In his speech during the ceremony at Dr. Fazıl Küçük Boulevard, President Akıncı said their aim was to reach a bi-communal, bi-zonal, politically equal and secure federal solution as stated in the 11 February 2014 joint statement. He also stated “I would like to point out that not only Turkey’s but also Greece’s support will be needed during this resolution process”.

Akıncı pointed to the importance of each side knowing each other with the support of Turkey and Greece; “after years of being apart, it is time for the sides to see each other as partners of the future, not as the enemies that hate each other” he said.

Akıncı also condemned the attack in Şanlıurfa and expressed condolences to all Turkish nation and the families of those who lost their lives in the attack.

“Enosis was prevented”

In his speech, President Akıncı pointed to the importance of the 20th July military intervention which prevented Greek coup and Enosis in the island. Along with the 20th July, Turkish Cypriots have started to live in north side and it prepared a substructure to a bi-communal, bi-zonal solution. Akıncı noted that Turkish Cypriots live in peace in their region now and this was provided by the 20th July.

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