Former President and current leader of the Republican Turkish Party Mehmet Ali Talat has expressed his optimism regarding a settlement of the Cyprus Problem.
Speaking to the Greek Cypriot press, Talat said that the negotiations process was going well and that he was optimistic about the process.
Stating that it was the first time in the history of the Cyprus negotiations process that the leaders of the two sides had found common ground through the talks, Talat said that one of the two sides had always displayed intransigence in the past.
Pointing out that the thorniest chapter in the negotiations was the property issue; the former President said that the chapters of territory and guarantees were not as complicated as the property issue.
Commenting on the confidence building measures, Talat repeated that the focus should be a comprehensive settlement as there would be no need to open new crossing points if the talks are to be successfully concluded with a solution in 2016.
On the financing of a settlement in Cyprus, Talat expressed the view that a solution will lead to economic development and that revenues to be derived from the settlement could be used for this purpose.
Talat also said that the discovery of hydrocarbons will contribute to achieving stability in the region.
Responding to a question regarding Turkey’s stance on the Cyprus Issue, the former President and CTP leader said that Turkey as in the past remained committed to achieving a settlement in Cyprus.