First meeting arranged for 4th Nov 2013
|The first meeting between RoC President Anastasiades and TRNC President Dervis Eroglu will take place on 4th November 2013, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said yesterday.
Speaking after a meeting in Ankara with the TRNC Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami, Davutoglu said that the negotiation process for Cyprus had reached a critical point and added that he would visit Cyprus before that date.
Nami said intention of the Turkish Cypriot side is to complete talks as soon as possible so that a referendum can be held in March 2014.
Eroglu reiterated that the Turkish Cypriot side wants to continue the negotiations from the point they stopped.
Replying to a question regarding his meeting with US diplomat Eric Rubin, Eroglu noted that contacts have been increased lately. Eroglu said that the international public opinion does not want to waste time anymore and it gives the message that it is ready to aid in order to find a solution the soonest possible. He claimed that if there is will, then the talks can be finished by March, or April 2014.
Commenting on the visits of the negotiators to Ankara and Athens, Eroglu also claimed that the agreement includes that the meetings of the special representatives will be in the same level and with equal position. The visits will take place at the second half of October.
Noting that Anastastasiades has lost his credibility in the public opinion due to the economic crisis, Eroglu said that Anastasiades brought into the agenda the opening of the fenced off town of Varosha in order to gain his credibility back.
According to Ankara Anatolia news, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, speaking on Tuesday at the new Turkish Embassy building in Athens, said that a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem would be significant not only for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots but also for Turkey and Greece as well as for Britain.
As the clock ticks toward the long-awaited reunification negotiations between the Greek and Turkish governments, Turkish officials are intensifying their efforts to prepare for the upcoming talks.
TRNC foreign minister Ozdil Nami has maintained that if the two sides agree on a comprehensive solution in the negotiations, a referendum will be held on the island in March on the agreed upon solution.
“Turkish Cypriots have been facing the island dispute for almost 50 years. They have been exposed to a situation that they don't deserve. It is time to end this. Turkish Cypriots should be integrated into the world,” Nami said.