Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reiterated during the informal meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels that the Turkish party wanted to find a solution to the Cyprus issue as soon as possible, diplomatic sources said.
Sources denied news reports in the Greek Cypriot press claiming that Davutoglu and Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou of the Greek Cypriot administration had an argument during the meeting.
Sources told the AA that Davutoglu addressed the foreign ministers of the European Union-member states and Kyprianou was in attendance at the meeting to represent the Greek Cypriot administration.
"Davutoglu reiterated that Turkey aimed at becoming a full member of the Union, and he added that there were two problems about Turkey's membership. He said that one of the problems was the Cyprus issue which could not be resolved because of the Greek Cypriots' attitude and the second one was France's blockade," sources said.
"Davutoglu recalled that the Turkish party has been trying to find a solution to the Cyprus issue since 2004. He said that since the Greek Cypriot party failed to display the same attitude, the issue could not be solved yet. He said that the Turkish party wanted to find a solution to the Cyprus issue as soon as possible, and added that the other parties should make efforts to reach a solution," sources added.
Greek Cypriot Fileleftheros newspaper claimed that a row blew up between Davutoglu and Kyprianou during the meeting in Brussels over the Cyprus issue.
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