Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (14.12.12) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu (photo above), stated that “a lot of water has passed under the bridge”, since 1974 and there is no way to return to the pre-1974 period.
Eroglu, who was speaking to illegal Bayark television Turkish State Television’s TRT-Avaz channel, stated that we are entering a new period after the Presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus and claimed that if the Greek Cypriots have the will, a settlement can be reached.
Eroglu, also reiterated his well know claims, that the European Union committed a mistake accessing the Republic of Cyprus as a full member without the solution of the Cyprus’ problem. He also said that the policy to be adopted by the new Greek Cypriot leader will affect the future of the Cyprus negotiations and claimed that Nikos Anastasiades, who is the most possible to be elected as the new President and who now cooperates with DIKO, creates no hopes with the speeches he delivers during his election campaign. He also said that Anastasiades will not accept the remaining of 50 thousand settlers, as the current President Christofias did.
He also claimed that there is a need for creating a new basis in the Cyprus talks, and alleged that both sides on the island have lost their excitement towards a settlement.
He also said that a time frame should be imposed on the Cyprus talks once the process is re-launched.

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