Minister says EU did not see Cyprus an issue for Greek EU bid

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat met with Turkish State Minister & Chief Negotiator for EU Talks Egemen Bagis in capital Ankara.

Minister says EU did not see Cyprus an issue for Greek EU bid

The president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Wednesday that neither Turkey nor TRNC had any mistakes with regard to the Cyprus issue.

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat met with Turkish State Minister & Chief Negotiator for EU Talks Egemen Bagis in capital Ankara.

Speaking during the gathering, Talat said the developments in Cyprus took place right before the eyes of the EU and the UN.

Upon a question on EU's rotating president Spain's offers regarding the solution of the Cyprus issue, Talat said his country attached great importance to the solution of the conflict, and therefore, it would appreciate any kind of help to be offered on such matter.

Commenting on whether the Cyprus issue would remain as an obstacle in Turkey's EU membership process, Talat said he believed reality would be perceived in time and such matter would not be presented as a barrier.

Pointing to the progress achieved in the negotiation process in Cyprus so far, Talat said both Greek and Turkish Cypriot people should be informed about the issues agreed during the peace talks.

Bagis said in his part that Cyprus issue had not been a problem for the Greek Cypriot Party's EU membership, adding it should not constitute an obstacle in Turkey's EU bid.

"We will not abandon Cyprus for EU," Bagis said, noting the union should not leave aside Turkey for such matter as well.


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