President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu said Friday the Turkish Cypriots were not responsible for the lack of a result in peace talks that continued in Cyprus for so many years.
In a speech delivered at a ceremony where he took the presidential seat from Mehmet Ali Talat in Lefkosa on Friday, Dervis Eroglu said that he was thankful to the Turkish Cypriots for presenting him with a meaningful and honorable duty.
I am aware that my new position as the TRNC President puts great responsibility on me. I would like to begin serving as the new TRNC President by thanking Mehmet Ali Talat for his services in the past five years, Eroglu said.
We will realize all of our promises made to the Turkish Cypriots. Our greatest strengths are the democratic parliamentary system, the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey, Eroglu underlined.
Our goal is to carry the unity of the Turkish Cypriots to the highest level possible, Eroglu said.
We will work together with Motherland Turkey hand in hand. The doors of the TRNC Presidency will always be open to the people and the Turkish Cypriots will always feel the Presidency on their side, Eroglu said.
We think that the international isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people are a shame of the international community and they encourage the Greek Cypriots not to reach a compromise. If a result could not be reached in peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations for so many years, this is not due to the responsibility of the Turkish Cypriots, Eroglu said.
Our people favor solving the Cyprus problem, Eroglu stressed.
There is no reason why we should not reach a positive result if the Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias comes to the negotiations table with good will. We expect the realities in the island to be taken into account and want to see that our right to exist on these soils under equal sovereignty is not disregarded, Eroglu said.
The Turkish Cypriot people are guided by Ataturk's principle of "Peace at home, Peace in the world". We are ready to make efforts for the peace and stability of our region, Eroglu also said.
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