President Mustafa Akıncı evaluated his first 100 days performance at a press conference today.
The conference, named “First 100 days of Presidency” took place at the conference hall of Merit Hotel in Lefkosa.
Talking about the Cyprus problem thoroughly, President Akıncı stated that he had 7 leaders’ meetings with the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades after taking office. Akıncı said that the negotiators are also conducting talks with the Technical Committees on the property issue and the EU.
Akıncı stated that there is a considerable progress on administration and power sharing, however, no discussion on maps, percentages and the names of villages have taken place at the negotiating table. Akıncı said there are, however, some names circulating in the Greek Cypriot press.
President Akıncı said: “Maps, percentages and names of villages have not been negotiated yet. We all know what type of problems could occur if we start negotiating these issues when the time is not right.”
Stating that the issue of guarantees, which is one of the 6 topics in the negotiations, will also be discussed when the right time comes, Akıncı said that the Guarantee Agreements are an international issue involving five parties. President Mustafa Akıncı said that he does not have a magic wand to accelerate the process, however they have a strong will and determination. Stating that the Greek Cypriots have been changing their mentality as well, Akıncı said: “If we continue with the same determination, then I believe a solution to the problem could be found within the next months”. Pointing out that there will be a parliamentary election in South Cyprus on May 2016, Akıncı said: “if we do not succeed in achieving a serious development that will bring results until May, things will drag on.”
“October, November and December will be extremely important months”
Mentioning what will happen next in the negotiation process, Akıncı said that both leaders agreed to come together again on 1 September and 14 September. Pointing out that the negotiators and the Technical Committees will continue meeting intensively in August as well, Akıncı stated that he will come together with the UN Secretary General in New York, where the UN General Assembly will be held as well. Akıncı said: “I predict that the months of October, November and December will be extremely important, therefore there will be a clearer picture of where we are headed.”
Referring to the natural gas reserves on the coasts of Cyprus, Akıncı pointed out that available gas reserves are not enough for the export. Akıncı stated that the most rational way would be to export via Turkey if more reserves will be discovered. Noting that the water from Turkey is an incentive for the solution Akıncı said that having a federal solution on the island would be a good example while the countries were falling apart in the region.
Referring to the work on the minefields Akıncı said that any risk factor has not been seen on the 25 of the 28 probable minefields; one of the three risky parcels is in the military district and the other two are wired.
Akıncı said that the electrical connection between the two sides has been technically performed, trial run has been done and the parties can provide electricity to each other in case of need.
Akıncı said that the end point on the mobile phones issue has been reached and added that the current situation in this issue is not acceptable.
Stating that political decisions are made for the opening of Lefke Aplıç and Derinya check-points, Akıncı pointed out that opening of a check-point needs a series of studies that’s why it can take a long time.
“The registration of hellim will be concluded in 6 months”
President Mustafa Akıncı touched upon the issue of hellim and stated that the product is decided to be registered as “Hallumi” and “Hellim”.
Akıncı said that registration will also increase the export, because producing of the hellim will be prohibited in other countries and said “The registration procedure will probably be concluded after 6 months.”
“We are welcomed in Turkey with a desire for a rapid solution”
Akıncı mentioned about his visits to abroad and said that they got the attention they expected during his visits. He added that he was welcomed in Turkey with a desire for a rapid solution.
The President noted that despite the crisis in Greece, he found the chance to meet with EU’s high level authorities during his visit to Brussels in June.
Stating that first 100 days passed were very busy however the evaluation of this should be made by the people, Akıncı said: “in 100 days, we have done things that could not have been done in years before”