Turkish Cyprus blames 'Greek fanatics' on border dispute

Talat blamed Thursday Greek Cypriot fanatics for the incidents that took place at the Yesilirmak passageway on Wednesday.

Turkish Cyprus blames 'Greek fanatics' on border dispute

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat blamed Thursday Greek Cypriot fanatics for the incidents that took place at the Yesilirmak passageway on Wednesday.

Visiting the Karaagac village of Girne city, Talat commented on the cancellation of a meeting that was scheduled to take place between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and him on Thursday.

I do not blame Christofias or any other Greek Cypriot politician for what happened at Yesilirmak passageway. We have received information that certain Greek Cypriot fanatics intended to sabotage the occasion, Talat said.

Talat and Christofias were scheduled to come together today as a first meeting of the second round of talks to find a solution to Cyprus question. However, Greek Cypriot administration stated on Wednesday that it would not participate in today's meeting because of the attitude towards Greek Cypriot worshippers at Yesilirmak passageway.

Several Greek Cypriots wanted to pass to TRNC for a religious ceremony via Yesilirmak passageway --which has not been officially opened-- without complying with the predefined procedures.

The peace talks had started on September 11, 2008 and the first round was completed on August 6, 2009.

In the first round of talks, parties discussed Cyprus issue under 6 main topics as; "administration and power sharing", "property", "EU", "economic issues", "territory" and "security and guarantees".

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders will come together next Thursday within the framework of the comprehensive peace talks aiming to find a solution to the Cyprus issue.


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