Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (06.09.13) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side was ready to achieve progress in the Cyprus talks though a give and take process, but it would never agree to enforcement of ideas saying “first you should give this, then we want that and if these happen, we will sit at the table”.

In statements yesterday during the celebrations on the occasion of the occupation of Limnitis area, Eroglu allegedly made a call on the Greek Cypriot side saying: “Let them come and let us agree on a timetable and, by putting an end now to the Cyprus issue, let us become an example for our region in which conflicts never stop”. Eroglu claimed that if delaying tactics are not used and the intention is to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, the solution would gain acceleration.

He added: “We are ready for this as well. Let us sit at the table as guarantor powers, Turkey, Greece and Britain and as Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides and let us head towards a solution. We are ready for securing progress in the negotiations through give and take, but we will never agree to enforcements made beforehand saying ‘first you should give this, then we want that and if these happen, we will sit at the table’”.

Eroglu reiterated the allegation that he is ready to resume the negotiations with President Anastasiades from the point they were left with former President Christofias, reach a result soon and sign an agreement in 2014. “Not accepting to start from the point we were left, and giving messages saying that ‘first the Turks should give territory’ is tantamount to not wanting a solution, and running away from the table”, he alleged. 

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