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Eroglu wants summit meetings with Ban

27 September 2014

President Dervis Eroglu has said that during his meeting with the UN Secretary-General in New York, he will ask for the UN’s more active involvement in the Cyprus negotiations and the organization of “one or two summits”, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.

When asked by a ‘Kibris Postasi’ correspondent in New York what he would ask of the UNSG during their meeting on Saturday, Eroglu replied: “I will ask from him to be more actively involved now. Secondly, if he is available, we will ask for further intensifying the negotiations with one or two summits and reach the point of achieving a result”.

Asked whether there is a prejudice in the world against the Turkish Cypriots, Eroglu argued: “Unfortunately, the world does not recognize us. The world knows us as far as the governments of Turkey promote us and could carry our problems and experiences. We cannot make our voice heard because we are a non-recognized state“.

Adding that Turkey’s importance has increased due to the instability in the Middle East, Eroglu said: “There are some things which the governments of Turkey should do at this point. Because an agreement which could be accepted by the Turkish Cypriot people is to Turkey’s benefit. Therefore, I think that within the framework of this cooperation, Turkey could bring the TRNC reality onto the agenda and the injustices”.

Asked whether he believed that they could contribute to finding a solution if President Anastasiades considered the interests of the Turkish Cypriots and if he thought of the interests of the Greek Cypriots, Eroglu noted that he has repeatedly said that no solution could be reached if only one people’s interests were considered and said that they never thought that only the Turkish Cypriots have rights. He reiterated the assertion that we could reach a solution by taking into consideration the events which took place before 1974 and the developments during the 40 years which have passed since then.

Responding to a question as regards the UNSG’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, Eroglu said that Eide has recently been appointed and needs to know the Cyprus problem. Eroglu added: “He had not been interested in the Cyprus problem before. He has surely started studying files. In any case, we gave him files, when we met him”.

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