Appeasing fears prevalent in some circles that Turkey might not be sincere in its apparent support for a solution to the Cyprus problem, Ankara once again gave assurances of unfaltering determination to back the current negotiation process and the prospect of a referendum in the first half of 2016.
Senior Turkish officials in Ankara reiterated full support for the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides’ pursuit of a federal settlement during a visit earlier this month by Turkish Cypriot chief negotiator Özdil Nami. A diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Nami’s visit as ‘extremely positive’ and underlined that Ankara is very pleased with the speedy progress achieved at the negotiation table in such a short period of time. Ankara feels that it has regained the moral high ground in the negotiations, which it had lost due to the intransigent stance of the former Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the source said.
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