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Rotating presidency is essential: Eroglu

4 June 2014

Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu is insisting on having a rotating presidency in the event of reunification, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.

Eroğlu also stated that Greek Cypriot side supports the idea of cross voting using a single polling list but he said that it was impossible for the Turkish Cypriot side to adapt to this idea.

Eroglu was sharing his view on the issue of a rotating presidency at a reception.

“If a joint state is established, Turkish Cypriots should also have the right to hold the presidency, otherwise they will not be able embrace the joint state as theirs,”  he said.

Eroğlu referred to the events during and after the establishment of the Cyprus Republic in 1960. According to Eroğlu, the Turkish Cypriot community were excluded from the republic and the community would not be comfortable with a model in which only Greek Cypriots are able hold the presidency.

Commenting on the single polling list Eroğlu said “The Greek Cypriot side proposed this but we don’t know how persistent they will be with it. Negotiators will discuss this tomorrow (Wednesday) and as leader, I will also discuss these issues on our next meeting on June 23”.

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