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A psychological barrier has been crossed: Davutoglu

10 October 2013

Representatives from both sides of Cyprus will visit Athens and Ankara in a couple of weeks, the first time in nearly 50 years, thus crossing psychological barriers, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.

Davutoglu speaking at a press conference yesterday, with his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Ozdil Nami, stated that Greek and Turkish Cypriot negotiators had had a preparatory meeting on 9th October and that both Cypriot leaders will meet on 4th November. However, according to Spokesman of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Michel Bonnardeaux, “there is no scheduled meeting for the 4th of November as we speak”. Apparently it was a date suggested by UN Special Envoy Alexander Downer, providing both leaders had agreed on the text of a joint statement they would be issuing after their meeting and provided they could both meet on that specific date.

“There is a new window of opportunity for peace,” Davutoglu said regarding the new round of talks. Postponing the solution process has caused unnecessary tensions, the minister stated. “Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots have been serious about this process, but the same commitment has not been shown by the Greek side,” he added.

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