Turkey's new envoy presents diplomatic credentials to President Talat

Newly appointed Turkish Ambassador to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Sakir Fakili presented his diplomatic credentials to President Mehmet Ali Talat on Monday.

Turkey's new envoy presents diplomatic credentials to President Talat

Talat told a ceremony at the presidential palace in Lefkosa that the solution to Cyprus problem would a be bi-zonal partnership of two founder states based on political equality within the framework of UN parameters.

"These are our boundaries and we will not lay down any other conditions," Talat said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan visited the island last week and expressed Turkey's support to TRNC and its President Mehmet Ali Talat for reunification talks with Greek Cypriots.

In an effort to reunify the island in September 2008, President Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias launched Cyprus talks which was interrupted when Greek Cypriots rejected a UN plan (Annan plan for solution of the Cyprus issue) in twin referendums held in April 2004.

Talat said Turkey has always stood by Turkish Cypriots and supported TRNC in talks with Greek Cypriots, adding that Turkish government has taken constructive steps in the international arena in an effort to bring a settlement to Cyprus issue.

On his part, Fakili said that Turkey and TRNC jointly wished and aimed at a fair and longlasting solution to Cyprus problem.

Last Mod: 10 Şubat 2009, 11:16
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