Early discussions on territory could effect Cyprus economy: Eroglu

President Eroglu has said he and his negotiating team are looking for an agreement on the Cyprus problem that would satisfy the Turkish Cypriot people.

Addressing a ceremony on Saturday which marked the 38th anniversary of the establishment of the National Unity Party (UBP), Eroglu stated that the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey are determined to bring the issue to a state of readiness for referenda in March or April next year.

Pointing out to the importance of the cooperation between the Turkish Cypriot parties on their national cause in spite of their different views, Eroglu said that the Cyprus negotiations have continued for years and declared that no one has the right to “waste the Turkish Cypriot people’s time” any longer.

President Eroglu said that there were one or two issues which had not been discussed in the negotiations and added that one of them was about guarantees. Noting that the Turkish Cypriot side had put forward its criteria for the issue of territory, Eroglu reiterated the view that the subject of territory should be discussed after an agreement is reached on all other issues and before the summit that will be held with the participation of the guarantor powers. In his view, starting to debate the territory without agreeing on any other issue, could create concern and would harm economic activities in the country.

Eroglu also commented that they could not even agree on a joint statement with the Greek Cypriot side before the beginning of the negotiations and added that he had suggested that the negotiations begin without the formation of an agreed text for a joint statement.

Referring to the internal affairs of the UBP, Eroglu said that the duty of the members of the party now is to “firmly stick together around Chairman Huseyin Ozgurgun”.

In his address, Ozgurgun said that the intensification of efforts for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem is evident from the importance and the interest shown in the preparations. He noted that they fully support and trust President Eroglu in the negotiations for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.

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