Turkey does its best for comprehensive Cyprus talks: FM

Turkish FM Davutoglu said that Turkey could not be expected to take a step that would affect the nature of the Cyprus talks.

Turkey does its best for comprehensive Cyprus talks: FM


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that Turkey could not be expected to take a step that would affect the nature of the talks as comprehensive talks were underway in Cyprus.

"Turkey assumes a constructive stance on Cyprus issue. Turkey does its best for the talks to reach a comprehensive solution. It is the EU, not Turkey which is on the eve of a critical decision," Davutoglu told the private CNN Turk channel.

"It was Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) that wanted peace in 2004, so nobody has the right to say that Turkey and TRNC hindered peace," Davutoglu said.

Turkish foreign minister said it was again Turkish party, led by TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat, that was willing for peace in the period that started with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias.

"42 meetings were held so far. It is Turkish party that wants to boost the talks. Mr. Talat will talk to UN Secretary General during UN General Assembly. Turkish party insists on this meeting to be tripartite. Greek Cypriots oppose this. Accusing Turkey and trying to push Turkish-EU relations into a new crisis can not be explained with good will," he said.

Azerbaijan-Armenia

Davutoglu underlined that clashes in the Caucasus were not in the benefit of anybody, noting that Turkey-Armenia border was closed, Azerbaijan's territories were under occupation and there was ethnical tension among the groups in Georgia.

Davutoglu said Turkey took a step for a comprehensive normalization in the region, while responding to a question when Turkey-Armenian border would be opened.

"I hope this will happen soon. If the related parties, including the Minsk group, unite all their energies, not only Turkey-Armenian border but also the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan can also be opened," Davutoglu said.

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