‘Good­will din­ing’, says pres­i­dent

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

MR AKINCI said yes­ter­day he would at­tend Mon­day’s din­ner with good will, and would “talk sin­cerely if there is re­ally an in­ten­tion, a will, and a dream of a shared fu­ture”.

The com­ment came af­ter the pres­i­dent met lead­ers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties rep­re­sented in Par­lia­ment — an hour-and-a-half­long ses­sion over­shad­owed by a pub­lic spat between Mr Akıncı and main op­po­si­tion Na­tional Unity Party head Hüseyin Özgürgün. Former premier Mr Özgürgün de­clined to at­tend, say­ing on TV his ab­sence was be­cause the pres­i­dent was “mired in pol­i­tics” and com­ment­ing: “I re­spect his of­fi­cial seat but have no re­spect for Akıncı.”

Mr Akıncı re­sponded yes­ter­day that he had heard through the press that Mr Özgürgün would not be at the meet­ing, and he had not replied to the Pres­i­dency’s in­vi­ta­tion.

“If he does not deem it ap­pro­pri­ate to take part, there’s not much to say . . . On the ‘re­spect’ is­sue . . . you get as much re­spect as you give. This sort of ac­tion says, ‘I don’t want an in­vi­ta­tion’, so we will abide by that re­quest.”

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