New Turkish PM Eyes Greek-Cypriot-Turkish Friendship


Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met with the new Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday. After the talks, Akinci said that improved Turkish Cypriot administration would be the best guarantee for a peace accord since the Turkish invasion in the wake of a 1974 coup at the island.

Akinci said that a solution to the long-standing Cyprus dispute has often failed at the last minute, missing out an opportunity for unity. He hoped for an agreement for a federation of political equality in the bizonal sense. He pointed to the huge opportunities that would be opened for the island if this were to be achieved.

Yildirim said that he believes that ongoing talks are crucial. He said that he would like to see a meeting between Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Akinci as well as a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and himself in the hope of sending a message to both communities and the international community as a goodwill gesture.