Beginning of negotiations in Cyprus is important, Turkish Cypriot Premie

Türkiye Materials 2 September 2008 19:52 (UTC +04:00)

PM of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ferdi Sabit Soyer, said Tuesday the beginning of negotiations after a period of four years is important. In an exclusive interview with the AA, Soyer said that the TRNC and Turkey would reap the fruits of their efforts with the beginning of negotiations, TIMETURK reported.

"The negotiations in Cyprus would resume with the goal of finding a solution within United Nations perimeters. This is an important development for Turkish Cypriots. This is an indication that the matter is back on track," Soyer said.

The point to be reached in Cyprus must be based on the equality of the Turkish Cypriot state and Greek Cypriot one, Soyer said.

There must be a joint administration in Cyprus with a single international identity, Soyer said.

The point to be arrived at must be based on a vision of both leaders, equality of Turkish Cypriots and bi-zonal structure, Soyer said.

Turkey's guarantorship would continue in all circumstances as a reality that can not be debated, Soyer added.

Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders will meet Wednesday to set procedure for fully-fledged Cyprus negotiations.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias will have a meeting at the buffer zone in Lefkosa. The meeting will be attended also by Taye-Brook Zerihoun, the Special representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus and head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Alexander Downer, UN Secretary-General's special adviser for Cyprus, will be another participant at the meeting.

The leaders will set a procedure for comprehensive talks, spokesman for TRNC Presidency said. Hasan Ercakica said that Turkish side was eager for an intensified negotiation process. He said, however, Greek Cypriots want an extended process.

Ercakica said full-fledged negotiations are expected to begin on September 11th.

To date, Talat and Christofias met with each other four times, on March 21st, May 23rd, July 1st and July 25th.

On March 21st, Talat and Christofias reached a mutual agreement after which six working groups and seven technical committees were established in the island.

On May 23rd, Talat and Christofias reviewed the performance of the working groups and technical committees.

On July 1st, the two leaders met for 4.5 hours during which they agreed on "single sovereignty and single citizenship".

On July 25th, Talat and Christofias decided to begin comprehensive negotiations on September 3rd.