The two leaders made statements to the press on Saturday after they walked the streets of old Nicosia, across the dividing line between Cyprus and the occupied North.
I wish to send a strong message that we will work intensely to reach a peaceful agreement as soon as possible, President Anastasiades said.
“I would like to give a message of hope in Cyprus because all we need is hope after all disappointments in the past,” Akinci said.
Anastasiades and Akinci met at 11:00 a.m. today, at the Ledras street check point and walked to the north of the old city of Nicosia. Shop owners and other people gathered to applause them and to call for a Cyprus solution.
“I wish to send a strong message that we will work intensely to reach a peaceful agreement as soon as possible,” President Anastasiades said during his first visit to the northern part of the island since his 2013 election.
“There should be a solution for the future of two societies,” he said.