President Dervis Eroglu met with Turkish President Gul in Ankara on Thursday. Eroglu was invited by the Turkish president for a day-long working visit.
In an hour’s meeting, both presidents discussed the Cyprus problem, the property issue and the Immovable Property Commission.
Talks continued over a working dinner which included Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Besir Atalay, who has a special responsibility for Cypriot Affairs and Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.
President Eroglu said that they were in agreement with President Gul, stating that the joint declaration was a stumbling block to the negotiations. He added that a solution could only be reached by sitting at the negotiating table.
Eroglu noted that he did not know if there would be a new proposal following UN Special Envoy Alexander Downer’s report on the joint negotiation efforts to the UN Security Council.
“I could not know whether Downer or the person that will be appointed at Downer’s place will come to us, but the last proposal we have submitted was a proposal adopted by the USA, Britain and even some countries of the EU. And it has been said that it should be accepted as it was, but when the Greek Cypriot side rejected it, it was said that this was a ‘double-crossing”.
President Eroglu also met with Prime Minister Erdogan in what was scheduled to be a one hour meeting but lasting nearly two. What the two men discussed was not revealed, however before the meeting, Eroglu said he would be discussing with the Turkish Prime Minister not only the Cyprus problem, but also the economic problems which the TRNC faces and the expectations of the Turkish Cypriot people.
Eroglu noted that despite the fact that Turkey has its own internal problems at the moment, Turkey still gives weight to the Cyprus issue.