Turkish EU minister: Cyprus issue to be solved in 2015
(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The Cyprus dispute will be solved in 2015, Turkey's EU Minister Volkan Bozkir said Tuesday.
Bozkir added that finding a solution for the Cyprus issue is less difficult than solving the Syria and Ukraine conflicts.
"Because its parameters are obvious, I think this problem will be solved by this year," Bozkir said in Istanbul during a meeting of the Turkish Shipbuilders' Association.
A joint declaration was made on Feb. 11, 2014 between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and the president at the time of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Dervis Eroglu, on the start of renewed negotiations to settle the Cyprus dispute.
Peace negotiations over Cyprus between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot administrations are set to resume on May 15, the UN's Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide said on Sunday.
Peace talks were unilaterally suspended by the Greek Cypriot administration last October after Turkey issued an advisory on behalf of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for seismic research off the coast of Cyprus.
The island was divided into a Turkish Cypriot government in the northern third and a Greek Cypriot administration in the southern two-thirds after a 1974 military coup by Greece was followed by the intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power in Cyprus.
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