Turkey hopes Cyprus talk in Geneva to be milestone

Turkey expressed hope on Wednesday that the trilateral Cyprus meeting in Geneva, Switzerland would be a milestone.

Turkey hopes Cyprus talk in Geneva to be milestone

Turkey expressed hope on Wednesday that the trilateral Cyprus meeting in Geneva, Switzerland would be a milestone.

Selcuk Unal, spokesperson for Turkey's Foreign Ministry, said Turkey hoped the trilateral meeting taking place in Geneva the same day among President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would be a milestone in Cyprus issue.

"Turkey has always supported the process, and will continue to do so, and Turkey also backs initiatives of the secretary general," Unal told a press conference in Ankara.

Unal said Turkey wished the Geneva talks would help concerned parties make progress.

The meeting in Geneva among Eroglu, Christofias and Ban follows the two leaders' latest gathering in the island last Friday and the three's latest meeting in New York in November 2010.

The Geneva meeting aims at adding a momentum to the pace of the ongoing negotiations to reunify the divided island.

Before leaving Lefkosa, TRNC on Monday, Eroglu told reporters that Cyprus talks had been continuing for the last 48 years and they could not last forever, and underlined necessity of solving the Cyprus issue.

Eroglu said the agenda of the meeting included administration and power sharing, the European Union, economy, properties, territory and guarantees.

"It is not likely that we can handle every issue in Geneva this time and most probably we will have another summit meeting in March. We have to be able to see a road map shaping before us in Geneva and in the upcoming gathering in March," he also said.



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