Turkey wants Cyprus solution by the end of 2010

Turkey aims to reach settlement of Cyprus problem by the end of this year, Turkey's deputy PM said.

Turkey wants Cyprus solution by the end of 2010

Turkey aims to reach settlement of Cyprus problem by the end of this year, Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Friday. 

Ali Babacan, who is also a state minister, spoke at a conference in the Greek capital Athens.

Babacan said Turkey and Greece, as guarantor powers and mainlands, could assist negotiating Turkish and Greek Cypriots to make use of the opportunity window.

Turkish and Greek Cypriots have been negotiating since September 2008 within the scope of reunification talks.

Babacan said a solution to Cyprus problem would also cement peace and stability in East Mediterranean.

On relations between Turkey and Greece, Babacan said that the two countries had opened a new page in line with expectations.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will soon make a visit to Greece for the High-Level Strategic Cooperation meeting between the two countries in which 10 ministers from each governments would attend, Babacan recalled.

He said the meeting would lead to beginning of a constructive era for Turkey-Greece relations.

Babacan said economic relations have seen progress in recent years, adding energy, tourism and transportation sectors have created new opportunities.

In 2000, trade volume between the two countries was around 870 million USD. Babacan said it reached 2.9 billion in 2009.

Babacan also said that removal of visa restrictions for daily trips between the two countries, especially in coastal areas, would boost tourism, adding that the Aegean Sea should become a sea of friendship and cooperation between Turkey and Greece.
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zak Careras
zak Careras - 11 yıl Before

It is time Turkey stopped lying to themselves and the world. they are simply playing Europe along to appear like the good guys- which they are not!!
Their idea of a solution is very different to what the cypriots want!

European Citizen
European Citizen - 11 yıl Before

No matter what any country says, the only solution which is possible in Cyprus, is a home grown solution agreed upon between the Greek & Turkish Cypriots, not a solution imposed upon them by any other country, including Greece & Turkey.