Eroglu says we are far from an agreement in CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (29.04.11) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has said the fact that Turkey is by the side of the Turkish Cypriot “people” gives strength to the “people” and makes him stronger at the negotiating table.

Within the framework of his contacts in Adana, Eroglu held yesterday separate meetings with Ilhan Atis, governor of the Adana province, and Zihni Aldirmaz, deputy mayor of Adana.

In statements during these visits, Eroglu said the Turkish Cypriot “people” survived to these days and established their “state” with the guarantee of Turkey and the Turkish Armed Forces. He added: “If this guarantee did not exist, it would not be possible for the Turkish Cypriots to continue their struggle. We resisted until 1974. After 1974, as free people, we established our state together with motherland Turkey”.

Referring to the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (29.04.11) reports that Eroglu said he is the third Turkish Cypriot leader who carries out negotiations on the Cyprus problem. “However, I can say that we are far from an agreement now. I will continue my efforts for reaching a lasting agreement taking into consideration the current realities on the island and what happened in the past”, Eroglu also said.

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