Turkish Cyprus welcomes setting a date for peace deal

Eroglu welcomed decision to make end of year as target to achieve a comprehensive solution in Cyprus talks.

Turkish Cyprus welcomes setting a date for peace deal

President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Tuesday welcomed decision to make end of year as target to achieve a comprehensive solution in Cyprus talks.

The draft report of the Security Council envisaged extending mandate of the UNFICYP for another six months before it expired on June 15 and decided end of year as target to reach a result in talks.

Eroglu said following his election as the president, he stated his view that the negotiations should be resulted till the end of the year and pointed out that Greek Cypriot party opposed to setting a time to talks and mediator.

"Turkish and Greek Cypriot peoples are exhausted of negotiations," he noted and added, "an agreement can be reached only if the parties sit at negotiation table with the intention to get achieve an agreement."

Eroglu said it was their essential duty to defend rights of Turkish Cypriot people on negotiation table, indicating that sitting at negotiation table and seeking ways to find a way for agrement was their main target.

"The other party may be thinking of leaving the negotiation table by accusing us. Such an idea is wrong. We are sitting at the table to negotiate some specific matters. We will seek for the ways on the negotiation table. Time will show whether an agreement can be reached," Eroglu said.

Eroglu's predecessor Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias got together 71 times under the extensive settlement talks, which began on September 11, 2008. The last meeting took place on March 30.

President Eroglu's first meeting with Christofias took place on Wednesday, May 26 after Eroglu became TRNC's new president.


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