President Akıncı speaks with Borrell over the phone call

President Mustafa Akıncı spoke with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell, who called him on the phone this evening. The phone conversation lasted half an hour.

During the phone call, President Akıncı conveyed his great disappointment as well as of the Turkish Cypriot community due to the fact that Borrell did not allocate time to visit Akıncı during Borrell's recent visit to Cyprus.

President Akıncı stated that there are two main parties in Cyprus and reminded Borrell that he had had many meetings in the past, both in his Office and abroad, with the former President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, former President of the European Council Donald Tusk as well as his predecessor, former High Representative Federica Mogherini.

On his part, Borrell expressed his sadness that he could not meet with President Akıncı during his visit to Cyprus and noted that he will remedy this deficiency at the earliest opportunity.

During the call, President Akıncı underlined that the Turkish Cypriots are one of the parties to the issue of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, which constituted one of the main topics of the conversation, and stressed that his proposal dated 13 July 2019 to de-escalate the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean is still on the table. Stating that this proposal, which foresees UN facilitation and the EU to be an observer, will create a platform for dialogue, President Akıncı also expressed his expectation from the EU to support the proposal to alleviate the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean.

President Akıncı once again emphasised that he is ready to cooperate with the EU at all levels for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Borrell shared his view that they are in favour of dialogue and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean and that both communities in Cyprus have the right on the island’s wealth. He also conveyed his desire to work in dialogue in the upcoming period.