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Uncertainty lingers around re-start of Cyprus talks

2 January 2015

Turkish seismic research vessel ‘Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa’, having completed its current survey for hydrocarbons, remains anchored off-shore Famagusta port, ‘Yeni Duzen’ reports.

According to the paper, no official statement was issued as to whether or not the vessel will leave the island. Meanwhile, diplomatic sources say that an intense efforts are being made for the resumption of the Cyprus talks and next the developments will be clarified by the stance of the Greek Cypriot leadership.

Kutlay Erk, the general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party/United Forces (CTP-BG), said that developments are positive for the negotiation process, stressing that Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades should return to the negotiating table. He also said that he has some doubts about the Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu. He is not sure if Eroglu will be effective when he returns to the negotiating table, as he is also running for re-election.

Meanwhile, deputy of the National Unity Party (UBP) Faiz Sucuoglu said that he does not know how to evaluate the situation. Firstly, he said that President Anastasiades should return to the negotiating table, because there is not much time before the upcoming TRNC presidential elections in April 2015. As President Eroglu is a candidate, the time is limited, he added.

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