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Solution to the Cyprob requires reciprocity: Nami

12 October 2013

Every step to be taken concerning the Cyprus issue is based on the principle of reciprocity, says TRNC Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami as regards the solution process of the Cyprus problem.

Nami believes that a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus dispute is likely to be found by the end of 2013.

Representatives from both both sides of the island will visit Athens and Ankara in a couple of weeks, the first time in nearly half a century.

Stressing the significance of the visits in upcoming days, Nami noted leaders from both Greek and Turkish Cyprus will meet on 4th November (this date is disputed by the South), to discuss the solution process of the decades-long dispute.

“There is a new window of opportunity for peace,” Nami said. “We aim to finish negotiations by the end of the year and hold a referendum in March.”

Adding that Turkish Cyprus fulfils all of its duties, Nami called on South Cyprus to take the necessary steps for a solution as soon as possible.

“We do not have any pre-conditions…Negotiations will resume and we would like to focus on the issues which have not been discussed before. The UN is also fed up with discussing the same issues in a vicious circle. If any side seems reluctant to take steps towards the solution of the dispute, it will pay a price.”

Every step to be taken concerning Cyprus issue is based on the principle of reciprocity, he said.

Nami said the whole world has an increasing interest in the Cyprus issue, adding “If we cannot come up with positive results, the world will lose interest.”

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