Turkish FM hopes for Cyprus reunification referendum in early 2012

Photo: Turkish FM hopes for Cyprus reunification referendum in early 2012 / Turkey

Turkey's foreign minister expressed on Saturday hope for settlement of Cyprus problem till the end of 2011, Anadolu Agency reported.

Ahmet Davutoglu said he also hoped that a referendum took place at the beginning of 2012 and that a reunified Cyprus would undertake rotating presidency of the European Union (EU).

"Turkey is supporting Turkish Cypriot people," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Davutoglu pays his first formal visit to TRNC after he assumed the foreign ministry in the new government of Turkey.

Moreover, TRNC President Dervis Eroglu expressed his belief that Cyprus problem would be solved through intensified negotiations till the end of the year.

During Thursday's tripartite summit in the Swiss city of Geneva, Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias agreed to boost negotiations and expressed will to hold intensified talks on basic disputed topics until October.

Talks, which aim to find a solution to Cyprus problem, began in September of 2008. So far, Ban, Eroglu and Christofias held tripartite meetings in New York on November 18, 2010 and in Geneva on January 26, 2011.

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