'Cyprus issue can not be solved without Turkey'

Solution of Cyprus issue would be beneficial to Turkey, however such a solution could not be realized without Turkey's participation, a spokesperson for the Turkish Cypriot Presidency said on Tuesday.

'Cyprus issue can not be solved without Turkey'
Hasan Ercakica, spokesperson for President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said that Talat believed Turkey and TRNC had common interests regarding the Cyprus issue.

"Finding a solution to Cyprus issue is not against Turkey's interests, besides a solution cannot be developed by leaving Turkey out," Ercakica said during his weekly press briefing in Lefkosa.

Upon a question on whether Turkey's dealing with its domestic problems would hamper the new process in Cyprus which started upon the recent meeting between Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders, Ercakica said it might affect the process negatively.

Ercakica also said the Greek Cypriot party worked for the aggravation of isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community rather than the elimination of isolation.

Turkish Cypriot official added that passages through Lokmaci Gate could start on Thursday the latest.

Referring to Turkish General Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit's remarks stating that "opening of Lokmaci Gate should not be perceived as the solution of Cyprus issue," Ercakica said TRNC also believed such development would not solve the issue.

Talat and Greek Cypriot administration leader Demetris Christofias met at the buffer zone on March 21st and agreed to open the Lokmaci Gate.

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