Colak: “The current environment in Cyprus is very convenient for a solution”

Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (11.11.15) reports that “foreign minister” Emine Colak speaking to Kibris TV referred to the on-going Cyprus negotiations and stated that some issues that were difficult in the past, like the issue of property or the guarantees are difficult now as well; however progress has been made compared to previous years. She added that the current environment in Cyprus is very convenient for a solution.

She also said that the two leaders in Cyprus are pro-solution and added that they have both demonstrated their will for a settlement. She also said that the support of Turkey and Greece, as well as the support of the EU and USA, is needed for a solution to be reached. She added that the recent statements made by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, that a solution could be reached until May, are very encouraging.

Asked about the work of the “Information and Promotion Department”, she stated that it is focused on “solution”, “things to be done after the solution” and “Turkish Cypriots demands and questions”.

Referring to her contacts abroad, Colak stated that she visited New York, Washington and Paris and informed “high ranking” officials she had contacts with on the Cyprus problem and the positions of the Turkish Cypriots.


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