CTP leader warns against losing momentum in the Cyprus talks

Chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Tufan Erhurman, has warned against extending the Cyprus negotiations.

He added that he expects results to emerge by the end of February. “If the procedure is prolonged the momentum will be lost”, he said.

Erhurman, who was speaking to journalists at his party’s headquarters, stated that the Cyprus problem cannot be evaluated separately from international developments, such as the election of the new US President or the appointment of the new UN Secretary-General or the talks on Syria being held in Astana on Monday.

He also said that in Geneva, he got the impression that the new UN Secretary-General will be more involved in the Cyprus negotiations compared to his predecessor. He also said that the discussions on whether the Republic of Cyprus will be at the negotiation table is over.

Erhurman, asserted that President Nicos Anastasiades has not taken yet the necessary steps regarding political equality “which is not only an issue of the rotating presidency but also means [the Turkish Cypriots] participating in taking decisions”, he said.

Referring to maintaining Turkish guarantees, he said that surveys of the Turkish Cypriots’ opinions on the issue are taken into consideration..


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