Eroglu Opposes Single Sovereignity - Report
The current frontrunner candidate for 'presidency' of the self-declared state Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu has said he would oppose the principle of single sovereignity approved by incumbent Mehmet Ali Talat, according to a report in Hurriyet newspaper.
His comments on the issue - one of the most critical in the talks - come just ahead of 'presidential' election polls to be held on Sunday April 18th in the Turkish-Cypriot community. As head negotiator for the Cyprus Republic, President Demetris Chrisofias has advocated a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal state with single sovereignity and international identity.
Painstaking reunification negotiations between Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have been going on for the last 20 months, and much of the progress made could be reversed in the case that Eroglu becomes the new negotiating partner, say experts. The concern over the possibility is such that a few weeks ago, Christofias came out in unprecedented public support for Talat's candidacy. Christofias said he hoped that Talat would win because if Dervish Eroglu becomes 'president' then the Cyprus problem would stagnate and the current impasse would remain.
Eroglu is confident of victory and said that according to public surveys, he has 60 percent of votes.
Reunification talks between Christofias and Talat have effectively been suspended pending the outcome of Sunday's election.