World Bulletin / News Desk
The former president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Mehmet Ali Talat, has indicated that he is willing to be the representative of Turkey’s ruling AK Party in Cyprus.
In an interview with Hasan Hasturer on Kibris TV, the TRNC’s second and former president Mehmet Ali Talat said that he supports AK Party’s policy on Cyprus.
Refusing to call himself AK Party’s ‘agent’ in Cyprus, Hurriyet newspaper’s Yilmaz Ozdil noted that Talat supports the AK Party with his own independent free-will because up until this day they have supported the federal solution to the Cyprus problem and backed the Annan Plan for unification in 2004.
Talat was quoted as saying, ‘If supporting the interests of this party, which overlaps with the interests of Cyprus, makes me a representative of the AK Party, then this does not offend me in any way.’
Mehmet Ali Talat, a center-left politician and former head of the TRNC's Republican Turkish Party (CTP), was replaced by the country's current president Dervis Eroglu in 2010 after just one term following his failure to keep his promises to solve the 40-year Cyprus problem. His successor has not had much luck either, but the resuming of talks in November after they hit a stalemate looks promising for 2014.Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2013, 14:24