Erdogan urges Turkish Cyprus to carry on talks with same determination

Erdogan said the new President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ought to carry on talks with the same determination.

Erdogan urges Turkish Cyprus to carry on talks with same determination

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would continue to back the settlement talks in Cyprus saying that the new President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) ought to carry on talks with the same determination.

Erdogan told the NTV channel that the winner of Sunday's Presidential election in TRNC , Dervis Eroglu, ought to carry on the settlement talks with the same determination of his predecessor.

He said they shared the same views with TRNC's new President, saying that Eroglu repeatedly expressed that he would carry on the settlement talks.

Erdogan said Greek Premier George Papandreu's stance toward the Cyprus issue was positive, signalling that they could set up a cooperation council with Greece following his upcoming trip to this country between May 15-20.

Erdogan said he personally desired Cyprus issue to be solved by the end of the year, noting that the prolongment of the issue on the table bothered both sides.

When asked about his earlier proposal for a quadripartite meeting on the Cyprus issue Erdogan said, "Our initial proposal was quadripartite meeting (Turkey, Greece, TRNC and Greek Cypriot Administration) but than came other suggestions. Spain said the EU Term President should partake in the meeting. Than England as the third guarantor state proposed to be involved. Than we said, since this process is carried out under the auspices of the UN, UN Secretary General's involvment would be effective and help us obtain results shortly."

Premier Dervis Eroglu defeated President Mehmet Ali Talat in Sunday's Presidential election, winning 50.38 % of the votes.

Eroglu vowed to carry on the settlement talks with Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias, expressing hope to solve the Cyprus issue within a timetable.

In the first remark that came from the Greek Cypriot side after the announcement of the results, Spokesman Stefanos Stefanu regarded Eroglu's victory as a "negative development."

"His election is a negative development, bearing in mind the positions that Mr Eroglu has and expresses," Stefanos Stefanu was quoted by Reuters as saying.


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