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Stating that the current situation is different from the previous ones and both leaders are avoiding to accuse each other and trying to take the same path, President Mustafa Akıncı said that he would do his best in order not to lose his faith in a solution.

In an interview with the Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Havadis and the Greek Cypriot daily newspaper Phileleftheros and Cyprus Weekly, Akıncı stated that the rotating presidency is a part of political equality. Akıncı also mentioned that some Greek Cypriot political parties which want to keep the Republic of Cyprus alive, forgot that in that Republic there is a Deputy President who has the authority to veto.

President Mustafa Akıncı also pointed out the importance of the continuation of Turkey’s guarantorship for the Turkish Cypriots. On the other hand, Akıncı said: “We want the continuation of Turkey’s guarantorship because firstly; we want to feel safe in a new formation. Secondly, we want to guarantee our status.”

Pointing out that the security of the Turkish Cypriots shouldn’t be perceived as a threat by the Greek Cypriots, Akıncı indicated that they will negotiate with the guarantors and evaluate the new situation when all the topics have been completed.

Touching upon the issue of the closed city of Maraş, Mustafa Akıncı expressed his observation that the Greek Cypriot side is not yet ready for the opening of the closed city of Maraş simultaneous with Ercan and Famagusta ports.

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