Turkish Cypriots need Turkey as guarantor, says TRNC president

Turkish and Greek sides re-launched unification talks in February after a two-year pause.

Turkish Cypriots need Turkey as guarantor, says TRNC president

World Bulletin / News Desk

The president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus said on Wednesday that Turkey should continue to be the guarantor of peace in regard to re-launched negotiations with the Greek side on the long-divided island.

Speaking to press, the President Dervis Eroglu said the Turkish side was not obliged to sign any deal which does not provide the security and peace of its citizens.

"We seek for an agreement by which Turkish Cypriots see their future in this land," he added.

After an almost two-year-long pause, Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders held their first meeting in early February, issuing a joint declaration that outlines the way forward for a solution to the crisis that has gripped the island for half a century.

Negotiations over Cyprus are set to resume after a 2004 deal, put forward by former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan, to reunify the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities was defeated by a "no" vote in the Greek Cypriot administration.

The joint declaration announced by the UN mission in Cyprus on February 11 said a settlement between the two sides “will be based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality" after the presidents of Turkish and Greek parties met in UN buffer zone in Lefkosa (Nicosia).

Last Mod: 05 Mart 2014, 15:43
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