Turkish Cypriot leader snubs 'peace' football match
PYLA- Agence France-Presse
"It was not possible for us to take part after it had no longer any links to the principles put forward in advance," Akıncı told journalists.
The village sits in the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone and spreads into the Greek Cypriot area, where the football game was held.
"In the buffer region, it would be equal... but this development created a new situation," Akıncı said.
He added that he was not in principle against going to joint events across the border, but only if such events were also held in the north.
Akıncı and Anastasiades met in the buffer zone last month for informal talks, but no date has been set for resuming peace talks which collapsed in 2017.
Aleem Siddique, spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping force on the island, said there were hopes "they're going to resume negotiations soon.”