Turkish President calls for Cyprus solution

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 21, 2014
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, Turkey
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imgTurkish President Abdullah Gül has urged for a solution to be found on the divided island of Cyprus, speaking at a ceremony in Nicosia to mark the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s military intervention on July 20, 1974.

“The Cyprus problem has been on the agenda of the international community since 1963, when the GreekCypriots attempted to seize control of the Cyprus and exclude Turkish Cypriots from the mutual state in 1960. There are hardly any disputes across the world, which have not ended in past 50 years.

Thus, it is high time to solve this issue,” Gül said during the ceremony, which was held in Dr. Fazıl Küçük Boulevard in Nicosia with the presence of Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu.

“The negotiation process restarted this year on Feb. 11, following elections on the Greek side. The expectations for a solution in the international community have given hope to the Turkish side. But political will and determination is needed in order to realize these expectations. The international community, particularly the European Union, has to keep its promises. It is not possible to explain the practices that violate the rights of the Turkish Cypriots in any political, legal or humanitarian point of view,” Gül said underlining the growing expectations for a solution.

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