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Turkish Cypriots not too hopeful about Tsipras visit

3 February 2015

Prior to the visit of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to South Cyprus, Turkish officials on the island expressed their hopes that Tsipras would give solution-oriented messages on the Cyprus issue and convince South Cyprus to return to the negotiating table

They added that Tsipras should convince Anastasiades to return to the negotiating table in order to continue the stalled talks over the reunification of the island.

Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami said that there is no huge expectation from Tsipras’ visit and added: “What we expect from Tsipras’ visit is to convince Greek Cypriot President Anastasiades to return to the negotiating table unconditionally”.

Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ergun Olgun, said that there is no great expectation regarding the Cyprus problem, but Anastasiades should show determination over returning to negotiations to continue the stalled talks and added: “There is need of stability and peace on the island. We are here at the negotiating table as the Turkish side. There are two equal publics on the island – Turks and Greeks. There is a need to have equal rights and equal administration to live in unity. There were pledges given by Tsipras before the elections in Greece. He said that he would be respectful to everyone’s rights so Tsipras should give equal messages acknowledging the Turkish Cypriots’ rights.”

The Head of Political Science at the University Cyprus Professor Dr Niyazi Kizilyurek said that Tsipras would give positive messages during his visit. He expressed his hopes that he would give peaceful and solution-oriented messages during his visit. He further said that when the Cyprus problem is solved, Turkish-Greek relations would improve.

“I must say that unlike other Greek Prime Ministers, Tsipras’ visit will not escalate the tension on the island. In his busy schedule, he will also hold talks with four Turkish Cypriot NGOs and listen to their expectations,” Kizilyurek added.

Source Sabah online

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