World Bulletin/News Desk
President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu on Monday stated that he called and congratulated Nicos Anastasiades, the new leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, for his runoff election victory.
"I hope that your election as leader of the Greek Cypriots will help move onto a new and productive process in the Cyprus issue ongoing for decades," Eroglu said on the phone to Anastasiades according to a statement released by the TRNC presidency.
"I also told him that an early dialogue would make a positive impression internationally and this issue was our historical responsibility for generations to come," said Eroglu where Anastasiades upon thanking him said that he had high priority duties and the Cyprus issue was among them, according to the statement.
Turkey's European Union Minister Egemen Bagis on Monday also said the election of a new Greek Cypriot leader should be seized as a fresh opportunity to end the division of the island.
"The Greek Cypriots have elected a new leader for themselves not 'a president.' In the past, the new Greek Cypriot leader has aptly supported the Annan Plan aimed at securing the reunification. But this apt attitude will not mean anything unless it is valid today," Bagis told the Anadolu Agency after the election of Nicos Anastasiades as the new leader of the Greek Cypriot administration receiving 57.48 percent of the votes.
"I hope a lasting settlement would arrive on the island one day and a legitimate president of the United States of Cyprus would be elected," Bagis said.Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2013, 16:17