Turkish Cyprus President says talks on 'single sovereignty' a mistake

Eroglu said that he was in favor of meetings between delegations rather than tete-a-tete meetings during Cyprus talks.

Turkish Cyprus President says talks on 'single sovereignty' a mistake

Dervis Eroglu, the winner of presidential election in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Friday that they would not ignore the negotiations which had been pursued so far in Cyprus talks.

Eroglu won the presidential election on April 18. He will take oath and take over the seat from Mehmet Ali Talat today.

Speaking to A.A, Eroglu said that they would continue talks with Greek Cypriot administration by discussing one of the six topics left by Talat.

Eroglu said that Cyprus talks were interrupted, adding that he would pursue the talks.

Noting that it was not up to him only where to resume Cyprus talks, Eroglu said that the approach of Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias was also important. Eroglu added that the issue of "single sovereignty and single identity" was debated very much, and it was necessary to clarify this issue.

Stressing that there were two equal and sovereign peoples in Cyprus, Eroglu said that there should be an understanding of setting up a new partnership based on two sovereign people.

Eroglu said that he was in favor of meetings between delegations rather than tete-a-tete meetings during Cyprus talks.

Eroglu said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu would arrive in TRNC today, and they would discuss Cyprus talks, and try to set a common strategy.

Eroglu also said that Talat's accepting "single sovereignty and single identity" was a mistake.

He noted that the most difficult topic in Cyprus talks would be property and territory issue. Eroglu added that he did not think the issue of guarantees would be solved easily on the negotiation table. He said that he wanted the guarantees to continue.

Eroglu said that he would begin his term in office on Monday.


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