President Mustafa Akıncı and leaders of the political parties in the coalition government held their routine monthly meeting at the Presidential Palace today.
Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader-Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, Peoples’ Party (HP) leader and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay, Social Democratic Party (TDP) leader-Minister of National Education Cemal Özyiğit and Democrat Party (DP) leader-Minister of Finance Serdar Denktaş were all present at the meeting during which the latest developments on the issue of Maronites, the Derinya Aplıç crossing points and the Cyprus negotiations process were discussed.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay said that today’s meeting had mainly focused on the issue of Maronites and their return to the ancestral village of Gürpınar as well as possible steps that could be taken to speed up the opening of the Derinya/Aplıç crossing points.
“As you may know there is work concerning title deeds and infrastructural work that needs to be completed before we can move forward. We also discussed the Derinya Aplıç crossing points. As you know the tender process is continuing. We discussed what steps could be taken to speed up the process” he said.
Also touching upon the latest developments on the Cyprus Issue, Özersay said that the issue will be evaluated once President Akıncı holds his meeting tomorrow with the UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar.