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Mustafa Akinci

Soccer diplomacy failed in divided Cyprus

An initiative to build bridges between the Greek and Turkish speaking communities of ethnically split Cyprus faltered Tuesday after the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots skipped a soccer match over a dispute of the games location.

Akinci intends to run for second term

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is to run for a second term in 2020 but has only told his inner circle, according to Greek Cypriot press reports on Monday.

Akinci calls for new population census in north

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has called for a census based on which a ‘citizenship law’ would be prepared because currently the exact population number in the north is not known, reports said on Friday.

UN Security Council welcomes meeting of Anastasiades-Akinci

The UN Security Council welcomed the meeting of the leaders of the two Cypriot communities, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, that took place on Tuesday, 26 February, with a message released to the media on Wednesday.

Ground not yet ready for Cyprus peace talks resumption

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades says conditions aren’t yet ready for a resumption of formal talks to reunify the ethnically divided island nation because both sides remain apart on key issues regarding power sharing and security…

Leaders to meet later in the month

President Nicos Anastasiades has spoken with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci by phone and they have agreed to meet on the second half of February, the government announced on Wednesday in a brief statement.

Akinci: A lone fighter who won’t give up

Only two years after the devastation and division of 1974, when nobody could dare dream of it, the 28-year-old Mustafa Akinci imagined a single, united Nicosia.