Turkish Cypriot leader reportedly threatened to resign over Turkey's proposal for island
Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı reportedly threatened to resign rather than consider any solution on the divided Mediterranean island other than a federal system, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.
Akinci made the statement during an April visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to the north of the island, which was expected to determine the outcome of the talks the newspaper reported.
Talks on reunifying Cyprus, split between an internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government in the south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot administration in the north, broke down in July last year.
The Turkish foreign minister said they should discuss a two-state solution and confederation, which prompted Akinci's reaction, Kathimerini said, citing chairman of Northern Cyprus’ Rebirth Party, Erhan Arikli.
“I was elected to discuss federation, I can’t tell my voters federation is not possible, I would have to resign,” it quoted Arikli as saying.
Akıncı is to meet Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades by the end of the week to discuss opening crossing points between the two sides of the island.