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Turkish Cypriot side: This chance may never come again
Turkish Cypriot side: This chance may never come again

'Unfortunately, we couldn't complete the last trial of our generation to reunify the island,' says Turkish Cypriot leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci on Friday criticized the Greek Cypriot side for the failure of the possible last-ditch reunification talks, saying, "This chance we lost might hardly ever come again."

"Unfortunately, we couldn't manage to complete the last trial of our generation to reunify the island successfully," Akinci told reporters on Friday about the failed Cyprus talks in Swiss Alps.

"At a point where both sides have lost, unfortunately, the talks failed," he said.

Criticizing the Greek side for the failure of the reunification talks early Friday, Akinci said that while the Turkish side was willing to take steps towards cutting the number of troops on the island, from the first day of the talks the Greek Cypriot side began with a “zero-troops” position.

But the talks’ collapse was not only about the presence of Turkish soldiers on the island, Akinci said.

About the failure, Akinci said: "This is not the end of the world. We will find a way to live with honor. We will manage this."

On the idea of a rotating presidency, Akinci said the Greek Cypriot side was against the idea but signaled it could accept it if the Turkish Cypriot side accepted zero troops being on the island.

About the next steps for the Turkish Cypriot side, Akinci said: "Let's return to Cyprus to talk about what our next plan will be. We only came here with plan A to reunify the island."



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