President Mustafa Akıncı met with the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades on the 16th of October, 2016 as part of the Cyprus negotiations.
In his statement, Akıncı noted that the intensified negotiations will continue, and forthcoming processes will be planned once the current stage of the negotiations has been determined. Akıncı also stated that issues of citizenship, residency for EU citizens, legal residency, basic freedoms and the status of third country nationals had been already discussed at one of the previous meetings.
According to Akıncı, both sides have found common ground in their views, despite the remaining differences on above mentioned issues. President Akıncı once again emphasized the importance of bi-zonal and bi-communal aspects of any solution.
Leaders remain in one accord regarding the issues of legal residency. President Akıncı stated that the right of legal residence for people from the other constituent state will be 20% of the number of residents in the Turkish Cypriot constituent state. He affirmed that the Turkish Cypriot majority on this side will not be endangered.
President Mustafa Akıncı noted that issues of free movement and property acquisition had been considered. Under any agreement, Akıncı affirmed that there would be individual rights like property rights, but the constituent states will have the right to regulate this.
Both the issues of property and population have become mutually understood by two parts, Akıncı said. According to the President, the Turkish Cypriot side should not be concerned about bi-zonality, which will be the important issue of the upcoming referendum.
Akıncı also pointed out that the information concerning the structure of the Federal Police is incomplete in the South Cyprus press. He added that the number of policemen on both sides – 5,000 on the Greek Cypriot side and 3,100 on the Turkish Cypriot side – had already been previously approved.
“We did not break this agreement and we want this to continue, so it is equal to 60% to 40%” he said.
Following the seventh meeting, the Leaders will meet again on the 24th, 26th and 31st October 2016.