Turkish Cyprus vows not to be 'break-up architect' in talks

Talat described Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias a "sinner", as he did not support the Annan Plan.

Turkish Cyprus vows not to be 'break-up architect' in talks

The president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Wednesday that he would not be the "architect" of a break-up in Cyprus issue.

Speaking at a live broadcast on Turkish Cypriot Sim TV, TRNC's President Mehmet Ali Talat said that he acted brave, calm and responsible during the ongoing negotiation process in Cyprus.

Talat described Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias a "sinner", as he did not support the Annan Plan.

"I will not become the architect of a break-up. I am trying hard with all my good will for the solution of this problem. If the Greek Cypriot party does not really desire an agreement at all costs and this process ends with a break-up, I will not be responsible for it," Talat said.

Upon a question on recognition, Talat said that the currently negotiated solution was the least painful way to solve the issue, and thus, parties should focus on it.

In his reply to a question on whether he had a Greek Cypriot passport, Talat said he did not have one, adding he had mentioned previously that possession of a passport was not something to condemn.

Talat said he was sensitive on that issue, and therefore, he did not get a passport although he had been offered to get one several times before 2003.


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