World Bulletin / News Desk
Newly elected president Dervis Eroglu of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) took over the post from Mehmet Ali Talat after oath-taking ceremony on Friday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attended the oath-taking ceremony.
He took oath at the TRNC Parliament in Lefkosa, Anadolu agency said.
Speaking to reporters, President Eroglu said that he was very honored to take over the post on April 23, National Sovereignty and Children's Day.
Eroglu said 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.
Extensive talks began on September 11, 2008 under the "administration and power sharing" topic.
Cyprus talks, which was interrupted when Greek Cypriots rejected a United Nations (UN) plan (Annan plan for solution of the Cyprus issue) in the twin referendums held on April 24, 2004, resumed in September 11, 2008 following the victory of Demetris Christofias, AKEL chairman, in the presidential election held in Greek Cypriot part of the island.
Following a four-year halt in negotiations, Turkish Cypriot President Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Christofias got together to shape the procedure of extensive talks.
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.
Eroglu said that their strength stemmed from a democratic parliamentary system and Motherland Turkey.
"We will not be the side running away from the negotiations table. The expectations of Turkish Cypriots are clear," Eroglu stressed.
We will continue the Cyprus negotiations with all good will, Eroglu said.
Later, Davutoglu will separately meet with Talat and Eroglu.
A joint press conference will take place after Davutoglu-Eroglu meeting, and then Turkish minister will depart from TRNC.