Talat warns of 'rising disappointment' in Turkish Cyprus

President Talat urged for immediate action for a settlement in the island.

Talat warns of 'rising disappointment' in Turkish Cyprus

President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said Monday clock was ticking against a solution to Cyprus problem and urged for immediate action for a settlement in the island.

Talat met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is on a trip to the island to encourage Cypriot leaders for a solution, and then he hosted a luncheon in honor of visiting UN chief.

Talat delivered a speech during the luncheon and warned about "increasing disappointment" among Turkish and Greek Cypriot people that could make it harder and more complex to reach a settlement.

"That's why we need an immediate solution. I am ready to take responsibility to achieve that goal. I am sure that your support will continue," Talat told Ban.

Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias had launched peace talks to reunify the island 17 months ago. Recently, the two leaders have been engaged in intensified talks to hold stepped up discussions on governance and power-sharing.

"We still have problems although talks have brought about significant reconciliation on several topics over the past one and a half years," Talat said. "However, our recent intensified talks have been fruitful. I hope we can reach an agreement on continuation of these talks."

Talat also called on international community to put an end to isolation of Turkish Cypriot state which he said was "inhuman".

"It is simply unacceptable. We expect more from the international community," he said.

"Clock is ticking against solution," he said. "That's why wee need an immediate solution."

Following the luncheon, UN Secretary-General Ban crossed the border and met with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias in the southern part of the island.


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