Babacan: isolation of Turkish Cypriots unacceptable
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Thursday that it was impossible to accept isolation of Turkish Cypriots although they voted "yes" for solution in 2004.
At his meeting with Foreign Minister Turgay Avci of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Babacan reaffirmed Turkey's support to TRNC and its President Mehmet Ali Talat for reunification talks with Greek Cypriots.
In an effort to reunify the island in September 2008, President Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias launched Cyprus talks which was interrupted when Greek Cypriots rejected a UN plan (Annan plan for solution of the Cyprus issue) in twin referendums held in April 2004.
"The important thing is to reach a fair and long-lasting solution in the island. Its basic principles and parameters are clear," Babacan said.
He formulated it as a bi-zonal partnership of two founder states based on political equality.
Babacan also expressed hope for a conclusion of Cyprus talks in the shortest time possible and an end to unfair isolation of Turkish Cypriots.
Turgut Avci, on his part, thanked Babacan for Turkey's full support to TRNC and urged Greek Cypriot politicians, who are against the fact that there are "two communities and two equal founder states", shift their stance.
In addition, Avci called on the EU officials to keep their promise and put an end to isolation of TRNC.
Turkish FM Babacan also met TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat as part of his talks in the island. Talat and Babacan are expected to hold a press conference after their meeting.
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