Talat's US visit enhances arrogance of Turkish side
Nicosia, Oct 19 -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said that the invitation to Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to visit the US and meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ''enhances the arrogant way in which Talat recently behaves.''
''Such invitations do not promote the effort for a right process and resumption of the negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem. On the contrary they promote divisive tensions which I think Talat represents,'' he added.
The Spokesman also said that ''what we want is to have a common commitment by everyone for the right promotion and preparation of a new procedure for the resumption of efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem.This is our stable goal and this goal is to reach a right functioning bizonal, bicommunal federation in line with the fundamental principles of democracy, the rule of law, the respect of human rights for the benefit of all Cypriots."
To a comment that Mr. Talat has been invited to the meeting with Ms. Rice as the representative of the Turkish Cypriot community, the spokesman said that ''they could not invite him in any other capacity.''
On recent Turkish statements that during the three years of AKP governance in Turkey there have been important benefits for the Turkish Cypriots, that their income has increased and that Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met with almost all leaders of the world, Mr. Chrysostomides stressed that it is the policy of the Cypriot government that has led to the financial upgrading of the Turkish Cypriots.
"It is not the policy of Turkey which led to the upgrading of Turkish Cypriots economy. On the contrary it is mainly the policy of the Cyprus government which led to this upgrading," he added.
On Mr. Gul's comment that no single Turkish soldier was withdrawn from Cyprus either, Mr. Chrysostomides said: "The insistence of Mr. Gul to the continuation of the illegality is not accepted. It is clearly unacceptable." He also added that these views are the views of the Turkish government and not of the EU, to which Turkey wants to become a member.