Turkey FM: Cyprus crosstalks marks 'historic step'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The island of Cyprus belongs to both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot nationals, says Turkish Foreign Minister

The island of Cyprus belongs to both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot nationals, says Turkish Foreign Minister

SOFIA - Turkey`s Foreign Minister said that Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot negotiators "took an important step" by making simultaneous visits to the Greek capital of Athens and Ankara to end the 40-year division of Cyprus.

The comments were made during a press conference with the Turkish Foreign Minister’s Bulgarian counterpart, Kristian Vigenin in Sofia.

Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay met with Greek Foreign Ministry Secretary General Anastasis Mitsialis in Athens, while Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis came together with Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu in Ankara.

These are the first visits of this kind since the division of the island in 1974.

"It is a historic step and proves mutual trust," Ahmet Davutoglu said. "We (Turkey) believe that such visits should be maintained."

He added that the island of Cyprus belongs to both nationals.

"The will of both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot nationals will overcome this dispute. Both Turkey and Greece support the solution of the dispute," he added.

Davutoglu also held talks with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov, and Prime Minister Plamen Oresarski separately.

A group of lawmakers from Bulgaria`s "far-right" ATAKA Party in the Bulgarian Parliament protested against Turkey`s EU membership during Davutoglu`s meeting with the prime minister. While, Bulgarian officials expressed their support for Turkey`s EU entry.

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