Turkish Cyprus President: UN's Ban listened both for first time

Talat said that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listened to the both parties in Cyprus for the first time during his visit to the island.

Turkish Cyprus President: UN's Ban listened both for first time

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listened to the both parties in Cyprus for the first time during his visit to the island.

Following a joint news conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias in the buffer zone in Lefkosa, President Talat said, "we had the chance of holding direct talks with the UN Secretary-General. He listened to the both parties in Cyprus for the first time. I think it is important."

"During today's talks, the secretary-general observed and understood that the Turkish Cypriot party really wanted a solution on the island and was making great efforts to this end."

Upon a question about the meeting with the UN Secretary-General at the presidential office, Talat said, "if they had forced us to hold the meeting at another place, the meeting would have not be held."

"Ready"

Talat also said, that his aim was to see results of his efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus issue, and added, "I am ready to fulfil my responsibilities."

In the joint news conference with UN SG Ban Ki-moon and Christofias, President Talat said, "the negotiation process has been continuing for 1.5 years. We have made progress on some issues while there are differences of opinion on some others. But we are closer to a solution."

He highlighted importance of continuation of the negotiation process.

"We asked the UN Secretary-General to help us more and encourage the parties more. He can make a contribution by adding momentum to the process. My aim is to see results of my efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus issue. I am ready to fulfil my responsibilities to this end," he said.

Meanwhile, Christofias said that they were working on a solution by taking into consideration legitimate rights of both parties.

He added that the UN Secretary-General's visit to the island would add momentum to the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus issue.


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