Time frame for talks narrow because of elections: Talat

The time frame for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem has become very narrow and this time has even expired, because the campaign for the February 2018 presidential elections in South Cyprus has already started, former Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat has said.

Addressing the Regular Congress of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Talat said that the solution to the Cyprus problem depends on the commitment of President Anastasiades to really solve the problem. Noting that there is no alternative to this, Talat recalled that South Cyprus’ exploration activities for natural gas will begin. In the light of these developments, he does not see how it is possible to continue the negotiations.

According to Talat, a safe future, political equality and effective participation in decision making are the elements which the Turkish Cypriot side cannot abandon. He pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side’s mentality should change in this direction and that only if this attitude is established, the hydrocarbon explorations could be cancelled.

This, he argued would be very difficult because of the presidential elections in February 2018.


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