Turkish Cyprus President hopes 'landmark' meeting in Geneva

TRNC President Eroglu, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias will meet in Geneva on January 26.

Turkish Cyprus President hopes 'landmark' meeting in Geneva

President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Saturday that he wished tripartite Cyprus meeting scheduled to take place on January 26 in Geneva to be a landmark for Cyprus talks.

"Nobody should have doubts that we will assume a constructive stance in Geneva to prevent any damage on the rights and interests of our people and we will push for establishment of a new partnership. Turkish Cypriot party is ready for Geneva talks," Erdoglu said while speaking at a meeting with the Public Council.

TRNC President Eroglu, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias will meet in Geneva on January 26.

Representatives of 47 NGOs attended the meeting where Eroglu gave information about the stage of Cyprus talks.

Eroglu said at a tripartite meeting that had taken place on November 18, 2010 in New York he asked the parties to work on a kind of road map that would enable more progress in talks in Geneva.

Eroglu said people have recently lost interest in Cyprus talks, "they have a rightful reason. The talks have started in 1968, and no successful result could be obtained so far".

TRNC President said pumping hope to people artificially was not right, however noted that it was not possible to disregard expectations of people for an urgent and sustainable agreement.

"Recording a tangible and meaningful progress in talks is the only thing that will give hope to people. As, the UN Secretary General has stated, I believe this will be possible in the first quarter of this year. However, it is not possible for Turkish Cypriot party to achieve this alone," Eroglu said.

He said Greek Cypriot party should show the necessary flexibility.

Eroglu said Turkish Cypriot party attached importance to scheduled meeting in Geneva, adding, "we hope that this meeting will be different from the meeting in New York. The parties should go a step further in talks in Geneva".



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