Talat: June talks last chance for Cyprus solution

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) says that negotiations which are scheduled to begin with the greek Cypriots in late June are the last chance for a solution on Cyprus.

Talat: June talks last chance for Cyprus solution
Speaking at a conference hosted by the Center for Eurasian Strategic Studies (ASAM) in Ankara, President Talat said his government wants to sincerely find a solution to the Cyprus problem, The New Anatolian reported.

"We will do whatever is necessary for a solution and remain optimistic," Talat stressed.

"Once the negotiations begin in late June, it would be very difficult for both sides to stand up and leave the negotiating table. It would not be possible for either side to leave the negotiating table as this is really the last chance for a solution," Talat said.

"Although working groups and technical committees began working in Cyprus, this does not show that everything is going well and smoothly," Talat said.

"Our general approach is to establish an entity based on two founding states in which the two peoples are politically equal. The partnership state will function with the equal participation of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. This state will be functional via a 'virgin birth' method," Talat said.

"We will continue working with good will and intention. We hope that we will succeed. If we do become successful, this would eradicate the uncertainty in the future of Turkish Cypriots, eradicate the concerns and fears of the Greek Cypriots and end the Cyprus problem of Turkey in its relations with the European Union (EU) and the world in general," Talat said.

"If we can not find a solution to the Cyprus problem by the year 2012, we can conclude that a solution in the island is not possible. At that time, the international community will need to re-evaluate the realities," Talat also said.

The Greek Cypriot administration will assume EU's rotating presidency in 2012.
Last Mod: 25 Nisan 2008, 14:23
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