KKTC’s internal divide mars settlement talks in Ankara

December 24, 2009, Thursday/ 16:52:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan extended invitations to both the president and the prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) to hold a joint meeting in Ankara today to discuss the latest course of affairs regarding the Cyprus issue, yet only the KKTC prime minister had responded in the affirmative to the invitation as of Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in Lefkoşa on Wednesday, KKTC Prime Minister Derviş Eroğlu said both himself and KKTC President Mehmet Ali Talat have been invited to Ankara by Erdoğan for talks on Cyprus scheduled for today. Noting that he responded positively to the invitation, Eroğlu added: “According to the information which came to me, Mr. President has not responded positively. I have been informed that he told Ankara that he will not travel to Ankara so he must have thought that our joint visit would not be appropriate.”

At the beginning of December, Talat, accompanied by KKTC Foreign Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün, had talks in Ankara with both President Abdullah Gül and Erdoğan as well as with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Eroğlu highlighted Erdoğan’s invitation is particularly aimed at listening to the KKTC government’s view of the recent developments. “I don’t know why the president is not going, it’s his own decision,” Eroğlu said, noting that he would fly to Ankara at noon today and would meet Erdoğan in the evening.

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