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Ankara wants a meeting to be arranged by March to discuss the Cyprus issue with participation of parties, including Cyprus leaders, Turkey, Greece and Britain as guarantor as it was in the Bürgenstock talks in 2004

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Greek Cypriot leader President Christofias (2nd R) offers a flower to Meral Eroğlu, wife of Turkish Cypriot leader Eroğlu (2nd L), at a meeting in the mixed community village of Pyla on Jan 5. Turkey plans to hold Bürgenstock style talks for Cyprus. REUTERS photo

Greek Cypriot leader President Christofias (2nd R) offers a flower to Meral Eroğlu, wife of Turkish Cypriot leader Eroğlu (2nd L), at a meeting in the mixed community village of Pyla on Jan 5. Turkey plans to hold Bürgenstock style talks for Cyprus. REUTERS photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

Turkey wants a conference modeled on the Bürgenstock talks to be organized by March to discuss the Cyprus issue, a Turkish diplomatic source said, after the Cypriot leaders gather Jan. 22 to 24 in New York under the auspices of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“The Jan. 22 to 24 meeting and the follow-up process should be perceived as a turning point [on the Cyprus issue]. It’s a good opportunity if a constructive role is played and if aimed toward resolution,” Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, who is responsible for relations with Turkish Cyprus, told a group of journalists yesterday. 

If the January meeting of Cyprus leaders paved the way for a higher level meeting such as an international conference with the participation of guarantor states, then there could be relief in the talks, Atalay said.
Northern Cyprus President Derviş Eroğlu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias are expected to hold a trilateral meeting with Ban at Greentree, New York, at the end of the month.

“We cannot go on this way. Considering Cyprus is going to take the presidency of the European Union from July 1, then there is not much time left,” Ban said Jan. 7.

“From now on our aim is to schedule a high-level meeting at the latest in March. The U.N. secretary-general also admits the need for a gathering as we did in Bürgenstock,” a diplomatic source said. The model could be with participation of four parties or five, including Cyprus leaders and Turkey, Greece and Britain as guarantor countries. 

Ankara prefers the EU’s role in the conference to be limited as it was in the Bürgenstock talks in 2004, with a representation of an EU commissioner for consultations, the source said. 

The Bürgenstock talks were held at the end of March 2004 in an attempt to get the Cypriot leaders to agree on the Annan Plan. The talks included Greece and Turkey, as well as the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders.

January/11/2012

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Chris Green

1/12/2012 11:14:31 AM

Murat, in fact they are not close to a settlement at all: Christofias, like Clerides, before will not move a centimetre. Cyprus taking the EU role will be a pyrrhic victory for them because Turkey and TRNC will be long gone by then!

Murat

1/11/2012 2:47:37 PM

Not sure what will happen when Greek Cyprus takes on EU presidency for a brief period? Cyprus talks will lose momentum? They are so close to a resolution and it will be wasted? Exactly what will get worse? Nothing. EU has made itself irrelevant.

Chris Green

1/11/2012 1:39:26 PM

It is the Greek side that will not settle although they deserve a Treaty of Versailles agreement that would see them paying reparations for the genocide; their church can pay, they have the resources and were to blame anyway!

dogan kemal ileri

1/11/2012 1:28:47 PM

Delusions of grandeur must have been a term invented for Greeks because we are more than happy with northern cyprus remaining a colony of Turkiye.And look at the irony of being in the EU,the Greeks are sinking whilst the Turks are a rising star

Christoph

1/11/2012 6:17:07 AM

At any rate Cyprus assumes the EU Presidency on July 1, so the Turkish side better get serious about a settlement. If not, be ready to greek the EU term President in July-President Christofias, that is.
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