'Guarantorship system in Cyprus not bargaining issue '

Upon a question during his weekly press briefing, Ercakica said the Turkish Cypriot side would not bring up the guarantorship system as a bargaining issue during the negotiations.

'Guarantorship system in Cyprus not bargaining issue '
Hasan Ercakica, spokesman for TRNC President, said Tuesday attempts to change the guarantorship system in Cyprus complicate the problems.

Upon a question during his weekly press briefing, Ercakica said the Turkish Cypriot side would not bring up the guarantorship system as a bargaining issue during the negotiations.

Commenting on the recent meeting between Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias, Ercakica said a new era had begun with the agreement reached during the meeting.

Ercakica also said Turkish General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit would arrive in TRNC on Wednesday to hold a series of talks.

Upon a question, Ercakica said the date of UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe's upcoming visit to Cyprus was not clear yet, and TRNC attached great importance to that visit.

Moreover, Ercakica commented on Monday's meeting between Ozdil Nami, special representative of TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat for EU and UN talks, and Greek Cypriot administration commissioner George Iacovou.

Ercakica said the meeting was quite fruitful and the two officials would meet again on Wednesday to finalize the establishment of working groups and technical committees, which would be set up between the two sides to pave the way for a comprehensive settlement.

Regarding the opening of Lokmaci Gate, Ercakica said the gate would be opened following the completion of technical preparations.

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