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Turkey's Foreign Minister noted on Monday the constructive atmosphere between Turkey and Greece for the solution of the Cyprus issue.
"The good intentions of both Turkish and Greek Cypriots helped us overcome a deadlock in negotiations," Ahmet Davutoglu told journalists after the European Union (EU)-Turkey Political Dialogue meeting in Brussels of which the Cyprus issue was a focus.
Davutoglu said that international actors such as the EU, the United Nations and guarantor states - the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Greece - display strong will to contribute to a solution.
Noting that he would meet his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos, Davutoglu said: "If the negotiations kick off tomorrow (Tuesday), both of the island's parties would pay cross visits to Ankara and Athens. This will open a new phase in negotiations."
Negotiator: Joint statement to guide Cyprus talks
Turkish Cypriots will be as constructive as possible in negotiations on the Cyprus issue, a Turkish Cypriot negotiator said on Monday.
"This is like a trade, but this trade should be meaningful and oriented toward mutual compromise. We should negotiate our deals in order to achieve results in these talks," Kudret Ozersay told the Anadolu Agency.
He explained that a joint statement agreed on by Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders last week includes an outline to guide negotiations.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) appointed Ozersay as chief negoatiator after Turkish and Greek Cypriots relaunched talks after long pause.
Community leaders on the divided island issued a joint statement last week on the status of settlement which recommends recognizing the equal status of the two states, while aiming to bring the divided communities closer under a federated government.Last Mod: 11 Şubat 2014, 10:08