Turkish FM calls on Britain to engage actively in Cyprus talks

Davutoglu said he had called Britain to engage actively to speed up the negotiations process.

Turkish FM calls on Britain to engage actively in Cyprus talks

A historic opportunity has presented itself for a peace deal on Cyprus to reunify the divided island as Cyprus leaders have launched a round of intensified talks, Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday.

"We stand at a historical turning point in the Cyprus issue. We expect that all sides make positive contributions to talks in Cyprus," Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters at a joint press meeting with British counterpart David Milliband.

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias met Tuesday on the second day of their intensified talks aimed at overcoming obstacles that hindered progress during 60 meetings over the past 16 months.

Davutoglu said he had called Britain to engage actively to speed up the negotiations process and to support Talat's "constructive attitude."

"An opportunity was missed in Cyprus in 2004 as the international community awarded those who said 'no' [to a UN-brokered peace deal] and punished those who said 'yes.' We do not want to see a similar situation this time," Davutoglu said.


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