He said the date of his meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiadis is not certain yet.
Reminded that the 4th of November had come to the agenda, Eroğlu said, "we accepted this date which was put forward by the United Nations.
Although we talked to meet in the second half of October we haven't returned to the table yet."
Noting that the Greek Cypriot administration has all of a sudden brought the joint statement issue onto the agenda, the President said the Greek
Cypriots are continuing on their insistence to put the essence of the Cyprus issue in the statement while the Turkish side is ready for a meeting to take place without a joint statement.
"I don't know what will happen but we, with the hope that the negotiations will begin have had to take three or four steps back. Despite of our hastiness we cannot see the same manner on the Greek Cypriot side" Eroğlu added.
Explaining that although 8 months had been passed since the election of the new Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis they are still working on the joint statement, the President said even the date of the visits of the Special representatives to Ankara and Athens have not yet been set. Eroğlu also added that close consultations with Turkey are continuing.