"All the elements of the Cyprus problem are known, so it is possible to solve [it] by the end of this year," says Mr Talat (Photo: European Commission)
10.09.2008 @ 17:27 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on Wednesday (10 September) expressed optimism about the in-depth talks on the reunification of Cyprus formally due to start tomorrow, saying he hoped that a solution for the divided island can be found at the latest by June next year.
"My vision was to finish the negotiations by the end of this year and I believe it is possible," Mr Talat said at a conference organised by the Brussels-based European Policy Centre think-tank.
"All the elements of the Cyprus problem are known, so it is possible to solve [it]" by the end of 2008, or at the latest, "before the election of the European Parliament, meaning June 2009."
"Hopefully, we will do it," he added.