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Progress in the Cyprus talks should not be underestimated: CTP

26 May 2017

The Republican Turkish Party (CTP) at its assembly argued yesterday that the opportunity for a solution in Cyprus is evident to all sides. The two community leaders should demonstrate the will to work with courage and determination to achieve a result in the Cyprus negotiations.

The CTP said that evaluating, as a whole, the 1977-79 High Level Agreements, the Resolutions of the UN Security Council which put forward the solution parameters, the agreements between former leaders Talat and Christofias, the joint declaration of 11 February 2014 and the “important convergences” achieved to date in the negotiations, the level of progress towards a solution should not be underestimated.

In view of the responsibility towards the current and the future generations, it is absolutely essential to take steps now to conclude the negotiations successfully, the CTP argued. It is imperative that the convergences achieved up until now should not be wasted. The climate created as a result of long lasting efforts should not be poisoned because of recent developments, particularly on the hydrocarbon issue.

Arguing that the island’s natural resources are the common property of both communities, the statement expressed the view that “these should be used as an opportunity for cooperation and profit for both communities and not as an element which will poison mutual trust.”

The party said: “It is obvious that the reconsideration by the Greek Cypriot side of its plans and timing as regards this issue will bring positive results, when the support offered by Turkey on the solution is taken into consideration”.

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