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Press Release Regarding The Speech Of Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, The President Of The Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus (trnc) At The Parliamentary Assembly Of The Council Of Europe (pace) Autumn Plenary Session , 01.10.2008

We welcome the address of Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Autumn Plenary Session and his contacts with the Council of Europe high level representatives yesterday.

 

The President of the TRNC, Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, has thanked the PACE parliamentarians for providing support for the representation of the elected representatives of the Turkish Cypriot people within PACE and informed them about the constructive approach adopted by the Turkish Cypriot side towards a comprehensive solution. Furthermore, Mr. Talat has voiced his disappointment regarding the report on the “Situation in Cyprus” and the draft resolution, prepared by the German Parliamentarian Mr. Joachim Hörster, member of the Political Affairs Committee. Mr. Talat’s views are also shared by Turkey.

 

The report and its resolution which have been adopted, disregarding the amendment proposals of the Turkish side, are against the established UN parameters and also contradict the PACE’s Resolution 1376 (2004). We regret this approach.

 

The new resolution ignores the principles such as the political equality and the equal status of the parties, which have emerged during 40 years of the UN negotiation process and also lacks a solution perspective. Therefore, it is not possible for this resolution to make a positive contribution to the UN negotiation process.

 

Turkey supports the constructive approach of Mr. Talat, President of the TRNC, in establishing a new partnership by two Constituent States of equal status, based on political equality.