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Following an invitation by the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, President Mustafa Akıncı paid a visit to Ban in New York and returned to the island. Akıncı said: “Our journey will continue towards a solution and permanent peace after tomorrow and also he added that he wishes a settlement based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation along with political equality especially getting rid of uncertainty for the next generation from now on, and starting a new period in which the Turkish Cypriots will be a part of the international law.”

In his statement at the airport Akıncı said that he expressed the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that he will continue working towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem insistently.

Moreover Akıncı also stated that he is always ready to contribute to the process and have fidelity regarding framework agreement which was recently finalized on 11 February 2014. Akıncı said that according to his observation Ban also stated that there is an important window of opportunity to resolve the Cyprus issue and from this window they want to reach a solution as soon as possible. Akıncı said that Ban reiterated once more his support to the process and added that the meeting was realized in a very positive atmosphere.

Recording that they had a concrete demand from Ban and asked the involvement of the UN’s specialized agency UNMAS in the issue of determination and cleaning of the minefields announced by the Greek side, Akıncı said that Ban acted sensitively about this issue.

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