Turkish Cypriot president-elect says no preconditions in Greek talks

Eroglu said that he would begin Cyprus peace talks with Greek Cypriot leader in May without any preconditions.

Turkish Cypriot president-elect says no preconditions in Greek talks

Turkish Cypriot president-elect Dervis Eroglu said that he would begin Cyprus peace talks with Greek Cypriot leader in May without any preconditions.

Eroglu, who won Sunday's election garnering 50.3 percent of votes, told a Greek Cypriot newspaper that he believed negotiations with the Greek Cypriot side could begin again in late May, and that he would not be setting conditions prior to his first meeting with Demetris Christofias.

Eroglu said he would need time to assemble his negotiating team, Cyprus Mail said.

The outgoing Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat and Demetris Christofias had 71 meetings after reunification talks resumed in September 2008. The last meeting took place on March 30.

The Greek Cypriot newspaper wrote that Eroglu would look at everything at the convergences and divergences as there were some points which need to be clarified to see whether Turkish and Greek Cypriots have agreed in exactly the same way.

The newspaper wrote that Eroglu said he did not become a candidate in order to obstruct talks.

"I became a candidate in order to defend the rights of the Turkish Cypriots at the negotiating table. Whatever people say, we are for a solution," Cyprus Mail quoted Eroglu as saying.


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