Time for talks running out: Yorgancioglu and Kyprianou

Following calls by the North’s UBP and BKP parties, Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Prime Minister Ozkan Yorgancioglu (above) and Greek Cypriot AKEL Secretary-General Andros Kyprianou appealed to the leaders of both Cypriot communities to find agreement on the elusive joint statement that will lead to the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations.

Discussions with the intention of reuniting the island under a federal umbrella ran aground in summer 2012. To date, no UN backed agreement on a joint declaration has been reached since prospective talks began again in autumn, last year.

The leaders of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leftist parties met at AKEL headquarters, in Nicosia and discussed the effort to reach a common declaration.

According to Kyprianou, both parties “have fought over time for a Cyprus solution based in principles”. He added that both agree that time is running out and pointed out that the two community leaders need to reach an agreement on a joint statement, as soon as possible.

AKEL’s leader Andros Kyprianou said the basis of the solution was clear enough when former President Demetris Christofias was negotiating with President Mehmet Ali Talat.

“We believe that there was a sufficient and satisfactory basis for the negotiations to restart. It was provided in the two Christofias-Talat joint statements read out in 2008 and on the agreement reached between them on the issue of sovereignty,” he added.

Kyprianou added that he would support a substantial dialogue, once begun, with the aim of reuniting the country and the people, on the basis of established principles.

Prime Minister Yorgancioglu stated, through an interpreter, that time passing with no solution to the problem, entrenches the status quo on the island and added that a solution will create prospects, benefiting both Turkish and Greek Cypriots.

Yorgancioglu said that both sides were close to an agreement on the joint statement and called on both presidents to seal the deal on an agreement backed by the UN. This, he concluded, will herald the beginning of renewed economic prospects for the whole of Cyprus.

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