Turkey's FM calls for respect to result of Turkish Cyprus vote

Turkish foreign minister has said Turkey would continue to extend support for a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus dispute.

Turkey's FM calls for respect to result of Turkish Cyprus vote

Turkish foreign minister has said Turkey would continue to extend support for a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus dispute after Sunday's presidential election in the northern part of the island.

"Everyone should respect the result of the successful and transparent election in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Turkey will support any effort aimed at finding a comprehensive solution," Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday told a joint press conference with Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi after their meeting in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

Turkish Cypriot Premier Dervis Eroglu unseated Mehmet Ali Talat as president in Sunday's election, claiming 50.38 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

Talat has been holding negotiations with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias in a series of UN-brokered talks since September 2008.

The top Turkish diplomat recalled that the Turkish Cypriot president-elect had reiterated that he would continue the negotiations process.

"Whoever runs the negotiations, we will continue backing them," Davutoglu said.

The Turkish minister also said the election was proved that the TRNC had a deep rooted democracy, adding "whoever wins the race, the election is a great success on the part of the Turkish Cypriots."


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