President Talat says no one nation in Cyprus
President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Friday it was "quite clear" that there was not "one nation" in Cyprus.
Speaking at a gathering in the Turkish Cypriot province of Gazimagusa, TRNC's President Mehmet Ali Talat said that a process that would turn Cyprus into a unitary state by claiming that there was "one nation" in the island could not be approved by the Turkish party.
"If there was one nation in Cyprus, there would not be any necessity for the political equality of two communities and for a federation. Some suggestions resemble such an approach, which disturbs us," Talat said.
Talat also said that none of the suggestions he introduced during the negotiation process was based on a principle other than the establishment of a federation.
He said the Greek Cypriot party's allegations claiming that "his suggestions referred to a confederation" were unrealistic.
Commenting on the negotiation process in the island, Talat said, "if we had started working on a specific plan, we would have caught the speed we desired".
Talat also said that Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties would start debating the "property" issue, which he described as "the most complicated" matter between the parties, as of January 16.
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