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(DIP) TURKEY'S FOREIGN MINISTRY CONGRATULATES NEW PRESIDENT OF TRNC.

ANKARA, Apr 19, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has congratulated Dervis Eroglu who won Sunday's presidential election in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

The ministry said, "we congratulate Eroglu for winning the presidential election and appreciate his determination as a leader with a profound state experience to maintain the full-fledged negotiations aiming to find a solution to the Cyprus issue."

"Results of the election show free will of the Turkish Cypriot people. We congratulate Turkish Cypriots, all presidential candidates and the political parties. It is pleasing that election was held transparently by reflecting the exemplary democracy of the TRNC and political maturity of Turkish Cypriot people," it said.

The ministry also congratulated President Mehmet Ali Talat for his leadership and vision, and added, "we hope that Talat would maintain his valuable contributions. Talat's dynamism, constructive attitude and sincerity brought Cyprus negotiations to a fruitful level. If the Greek Cypriot party makes the same contribution to the process, a satisfactory solution can be reached on the island soon."

"Turkey will continue cooperating with all institutions of the TRNC, supporting Turkish Cypriot people on every possible occasion and fulfilling its responsibilities. Turkish Cypriot people's determination to protect their law and freedom as the equal owner of the island is the common value ensuring unity on the national cause. Turkish Cypriot party has proved its will to the whole world to reach a fair and lasting solution," the ministry added.

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