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Turkish Cyprus President proposes “trilateral summit” at UN October 11, 2010

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Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday.

Following the meeting, Eroglu told reporters that he voiced the need for conclusion of Cyprus reunification talks by the end of 2010.

Expectations continue for an agreement in the island by the end of this year, Eroglu said, adding, “we, as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, believe that talks should end up with an agreement by end-2010.”

Dervis Eroglu, who was elected Turkish Cypriot President in April, continued Cyprus peace talks with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias from the point left by his predecessor Mehmet Ali Talat. Talat and Christofias had restarted Cyprus talks in September 2008.

Eroglu and Christofias have discussed property issue at their latest meeting that took place last week.

“As we have earlier told UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Alexander Downer and Special Envoy Lisa Buttenheim, other topics should not be on the table while we discuss property issue. This is what I told Mr. Secretary-General,” Eroglu said.

Recalling that Cyprus problem and all chapters have been discussed under talks for years, Eroglu said, “we argue that a will for a compromise should be expressed more sincerely. Turkish Cypriot side has repeatedly demonstrated its eagerness for a settlement.”

“Now, we must conclude negotiations in a certain period of time and come to the point of a referendum,” Eroglu said. “Now, it is time to put a time limit to negotiations.”

Recalling that Greek Cypriot side was an internationally recognized state and an EU-member country, Eroglu said, “however, Turkish Cypriot side has been facing embargoes for years. It is ok for them to kill the clock but it is not ok for us.”

Eroglu also said that isolation of Turkish Cypriot side should be ended immediately.

“All the world knows that there are two communities, two democracies and two different governments is Cyprus. Yet, the world also knows that we are the one to be alienated and face isolation,” he said.

In the meantime, diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Eroglu proposed a “trilateral summit” of Cypriot leaders with UN Secretary-General during the UN General Assembly in September.

Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon has also expressed hope that the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders would make significant progress in the months to come in their settlement talks, a statement from the office of the UN spokesperson cited Ban as telling Eroglu during the meeting.

Ban encouraged Eroglu to “seize the opportunity at hand to solve the problem,” the statement said, underlining Ban’s view that the two Cypriot leaders both needed to give concessions in order to make progress.

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