Turkey: too early to restart peace talks

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The President of Turkey has stated that Turkey is not ready to make any changes on its position in Cyprus at the moment.

According to sources, Tayyip Erdogan’s message to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN General Assembly in New York, was that Turkey is not willing to restart Cyprus talks just yet.

Ankara is awaiting the outcome of the Austrian and German elections in order to have a clearer indication as to where Turkey stands with the European Union before taking any moves on Cyprus.

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs was planning a visit to Cyprus but unfortunately that has now been postponed. Feltman met with both the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami in separate meetings in New York.

The Turkish Cypriot Leader, Mustafa Akinci, also met with Guterres and both spoke about the current status and future of the Cyprus talks.

Business Monitor International (BMI) Research analysis that was recently published portrayed that the upcoming Presidential Elections in 2018 were highly unlikely to be followed by a change in peace talks.