Visit to Athens, Ankara to bolster dialogue on Cyprus issue

Turkish Cypriot negotiator, Ozersay says Cyprus negotiators' visit to Athens and Ankara will create opportunities for dialogue.

Turkish Cypriot negotiator, Ozersay says Cyprus negotiators' visit to Athens and Ankara will create opportunities for dialogue.

LEFKOSA, Cyprus - The visit of Cyprus negotiators to Athens and Ankara on Thursday will bolster a robust dialogue environment to remove the prejudices that exist today, Kudret Ozersay, the chief negotiator for the Turkish Cypriots, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

After almost a two-year-long pause, Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders held their first meeting last week, and agreed on issuing a joint declaration that outlines how the talks should move forward.

The declaration recommends recognizing the equal status of the two states, while aiming to bring the divided communities closer under a federal government.

Ozersay said a 'structured negotiation' should be held as soon as possible to obtain a result.

"What we need is not to make a law, the thing we need is that the two presidents reach a result by negotiating for the solution of Cyprus issue", he added. "It is essential to negotiate with political parties at the parliament and to prepare different sections of the society and inform them."

Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anastasiadis want to make real progress in talks aimed at reunifying the island.

The Greek Cypriot administration is a member of the European Union and recognized internationally, except for Turkey who only recognizes Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

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