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Akinci sees no movement towards Cyprus talks for five months.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci does not expect any movement on the Cyprus issue over the next five months, he said on Tuesday as he departed for New York.

Akinci said one the one hand he's hearing statements from the Greek Cypriot side expressing readiness to negotiate, and on the other, murmuring that an election period is not the time to re-start the talks.

Referring to his upcoming contacts in New York Akinci said this would be his first meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres since the talks collapsed in Crans-Montana on July 6.

The Turkish Cypriot leader also said he expects an objective UN report on the record of the events that led to the deadlock. A report is due out by the end of the month.

He said he wants to exchange views with Guterres because the Greek Cypriot side was trying to distort what had happened "and create impressions". Turkey's proposals in Crans-Montana were within the UN framework he said.

He also said he would discuss with the Secretary-General whether he is thinking of a new initiative on the Cyprus issue, oriented to achieving results after the Greek Cypriot presidential elections in February.

The UN, he said should not close his eyes, and he added that most likely, Guterres would want to re-evaluate the situation after the election, rather than beforehand.

"Ultimately there is no great expectation from contacts in New York, as it is a meeting where the situation will be assessed," Akinci said.

No joint meeting of leaders with the Guterres was on the cards, he added.

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