Turkish president hopes Cyprus talks end in 2010

The Turkish president said on Friday that he hoped the opportunity thrown away in Cyprus with the referendum in 2004 would not be missed again.

Turkish president hopes Cyprus talks end in 2010

The Turkish president said on Friday that he hoped ongoing Cyprus negotiations would end in 2010.

Gul said that he hoped the opportunity thrown away in Cyprus with the referendum in 2004 would not be missed again.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said he wished negotiations between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot parties would have ended in 2009.

"However, they did not end in 2009, but they should end this year," Gul told a joint press conference with President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in Ankara.

This is Eroglu's first formal visit to Turkey after he was elected the president on April 18.

Gul said security and welfare of TRNC people were important for Turkey, and Turkey would continue to do everything it had to to ensure TRNC's security and welfare.

President Gul said it was every one's wish to reach a conclusion in ongoing Cyprus negotiations, to find a comprehensive settlement to Cyprus question, and not to experience any more problems.

"We hope negotiations will be concluded by the end of 2010 in line with United Nations (UN) parameters," he said.

Gul said Eroglu proved his good will to find a settlement by dialogue, and hoped that the Greek Cypriot administration would see that good will and help find a settlement through negotiations.

"Making the Mediterranean an island of peace is our major vision, and we can turn the East Mediterranean into a cooperation area together with Greece and the entire Cyprus," he said.

Gul said the European Union (EU) should assume a great responsibility to achieve that goal.

President Gul also said Turkey was backing TRNC's negotiation delegation, headed by Eroglu, and was ready to extend every type of assistance.

Gul will host a dinner in Eroglu's honor at the Cankaya Presidential Residence on Friday evening.

Eroglu said on Friday that his country targeted to get a lasting agreement.

Eroglu said he gave information to Gul about the ongoing Cyprus negotiations and noted that, "we always say we are in cooperation with Turkey. Cyprus is the national cause of both two countries".

Eroglu said during the election process he had to face accusations that he would interrupt the negotiations, "after being elected the president, I immediately resumed the talks."

Eroglu said Greek Cypriot party should also put forth the same willingness and intention.

TRNC President said his country supported zero problem policy of Turkey with its neighbors, indicating that, "with this policy, Turkey showed it is a strong and reliable state of
the Middle East, Caucasus and the Balkans."

Eroglu said UN Secretary General and his envoy in Cyprus expressed their expectation for an agreement till the end of the year, noting this was both encouraging and important to show whether the other party was willing for a solution.


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