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Turkish Cyprus hopeful of upcoming talks

A new comprehensive solution to the Cyprus dispute is likely to be found by the end of 2013, said Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami.

The island has been divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.

Representatives from both Turkish and Greek Cyprus will visit Athens and Ankara in a couple of weeks, the first time in nearly half a century.

Stressing the significnace of visits in upcoming days, Nami noted leaders from both Greek and Turkish Cyprus will meet on November 4 to discuss the solution process of the long lasting dispute.

"There is a new window of opportunity for peace," Nami said. "We aim to finish negotiations by the end of the year and hold a referendum in March."

Adding that Turkish Cyprus fulfills all of its duties, Nami called on Greek Cyprus to take the necessary steps for a solution in a short time.

"We do not have any pre-conditions...Negotiations will resume and we would like to focus on the issues which have not been discussed before. The UN is also fed up with discussing the same issues in a vicious circle. If any side seems reluctant to take steps towards the solution of the dispute, it will pay a price."

Every step to be taken concerning Cyprus issue is based on the principle of reciprocity, he said.

Nami said the whole world has an increasing interest in the Cyprus issue, adding " If we can not come up with positive results, the world will lose interest."

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