Turkish Cyprus expects EU to motivate Greek side

The Turkish Cypriot president expressed on Monday expectation that the EU should motivate the Greek Cypriots for an agreement on Cyprus.

Turkish Cyprus expects EU to motivate Greek side

 

The Turkish Cypriot president expressed on Monday expectation that the European Union (EU) should motivate the Greek Cypriots for an agreement on Cyprus.

President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) met Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere of Belgium, holding the rotating presidency of the EU, in Brussels.

"We expect the EU to motivate the Greek Cypriots for an agreement," Eroglu told reporters after the meeting.

Eroglu said Vanackere and he exchanged views on ongoing Cyprus negotiations, and he expressed Turkish Cypriot state's expectations from the EU.

TRNC president said Cyprus problem could not be solved only with the efforts of the Turkish Cypriot side and without the will of the Greek Cypriot administration.

"The EU will contribute to a settlement if it fulfils the promises it made to TRNC, which said 'yes' to the Annan Plan in 2004, and ends isolation and launches direct trade," Eroglu said.

Eroglu said one of the primary reasons of why the Greek Cypriots were not reconciliating with the Turkish Cypriots was the world's continuing to recognize the "republic of Cyprus" they had occupied; and their being admitted to the EU although they voted against the Annan Plan.

"Therefore, the Greek Cypriots have to be motivated for an agreement, and ratification of the direct trade regulation and lifting embargoes are the formulas that will directly motivate the Greek Cypriots for an agreement," he said.

Eroglu said there was no need to test Turkish Cypriots' intentions for a settlement, and it was the Greek Cypriot administration who should be tested and urged for an agreement.

President Eroglu will meet European Commission's President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fule on Tuesday.
 

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