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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Talat calls on US to push for a solution ]

Talat calls on US to push for a solution

A HIGH-LEVEL special US representative should be appointed to help mediate a Cyprus settlement, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat told his audience at the Council on Foreign Relations CFR), a Washington-based think-tank yesterday.

He added that Cyprus reunification talks would go nowhere without a clear timeframe and the intervention of the international community, including the US.

“By saying he will not allow timeframes, mediation, or the participation of the international community, [President Demetris] Christofias might as well be saying he doesn’t want a solution to the Cyprus problem.

“He might as well end it here,” Talat said at the think-tank that boasts congressmen, global leaders and prominent thinkers among its participants.

Talat’s speech at the CFR came as part of a mini US tour, designed by his advisers to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Talat hopes his tour will culminate in a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday.

Yesterday the Turkish Cypriot leader was booked to hold meetings with Swedish and UK foreign ministers Carl Bildt and David Miliband. Britain and Sweden have proven valuable allies to the Turkish Cypriots, both having in recent years tabled motions in the EU to lift the economic isolation of the north.

It is likely that in his meetings with the two foreign ministers, Talat will have repeated complaints he made to the CFR that some of the government’s proposals being made during reunification negotiations are outside established UN framework guidelines, and that pressure is being borne on Christofias by his National Council to prevent a timescale for talks or mediation being allowed.

While Talat hopes to meet the UN Secretary General on Saturday, there were worries in the Turkish Cypriot administration yesterday that his meeting with Ban had been postponed until Monday as a result of Greek Cypriot intervention.

The source said the Cypriot government did not want Talat meeting the Secretary General to meet Talat while national leaders and foreign ministers gathered for the United Nations General Assembly were still in town.

“There has not been an official announcement, but it looks like the meeting will be on Monday because Christofias and everyone else will be out of town by then,” the source said.

Talat’s spokesman Hasan Ercakica said yesterday there had been no communiqué from the UN about a change of time for meeting with Ban. He added that Talat’s appointments with Ban and other high-level politicians in New York and Washington came as a result of requests by the Turkish Cypriot leader. Christofias is already in New York for the annual event.

Speaking of what Talat would say to Ban, Ercakica said, “Our wish is clear. We want to see negotiations going faster and the intervention of mediators that will help negotiations progress more smoothly”.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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