Turkish Cypriot President sees a deal possible by end-2011

"It is not possible for us to stay at the negotiation table for years. Now, we must show our children what will happen after the end of this year," President Dervis Eroglu said.

Turkish Cypriot President sees a deal possible by end-2011

Turkish Cypriot President said Saturday that a deal was possible by the end of 2011 to put an end to Cyprus reunification negotiations going on for years.

"It is not possible for us to stay at the negotiation table for years. Now, we must show our children what will happen after the end of this year," President Dervis Eroglu said.

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders are holding UN-sponsored talks since September 2008 in a bid to reunite the divided island.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to give momentum to peace talks. Eroglu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias agreed in their latest meeting to hold an intensified round of talks in a bid to end the 37-year division of the island.

"We wish to reach a long-lasting settlement in Cyprus by the end of this year. However, it is not possible to ink a deal with concessions only from the Turkish Cypriot side," Eroglu said.

"We do not want our children to live what we had faced before 1974. We are seeking a solution in that direction," he added.

Eroglu and Christofias will meet again on August 2. They will hold a total of 19 intensified meetings until October 21. Following intensified talks, Eroglu, Christofias and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will meet at the fourth three-way meeting in New York.

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