Nicosia, 29 February 12 (T.A.K): President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu reiterated that July the 1st stood as a natural deadline for the peace talks, since the Greek Cypriot leadership would take on a stiffer stand because of upcoming presidential elections in the south in 2013.
The President addressing representatives form 30 nations mainly from Arab countries at a meeting of The Islamic Committee of the International Crescent at Malpas Hotel in Kyrenia praised the closer relations between ICIC and North Cyprus Redcrescent.
The meeting was jointly held with North Cyprus Redcrescent and the events main issue will be the ICRC's decision to recognize Greek Cypriot Redcross despite simultaneous application for recognition by Turkish Cypriot Redcross.
He underlined that the underlying factor of the Cyprus problem was the obsession to put the island under Greek sovereignty and the armed attacks on Turkish Cypriots to serve the aim.
The President in respond to the statements by the Greek Cypriot officials to extend and removing any deadlines to the current peace process that has been going on since 2008 said that Greek Cypriot side was a side that had rejected all plans till today since the talks started in 1968.
"Greek Cypriot side who has rejected all peace plans is playing for time now. They have been turning away all proposals tabled thinking that will be negotiating for another 48 years, and when they leave the room they accuse Turkish Cypriots with intransigence".
Dervis Eroglu said the talks will loose its meaning after July 1st, because of the diminishing likelihood of seeing Greek Cypriots making openings due to upcoming presidential elections and EU Term Presidency due on July 1st.
Eroglu believes that closer cooperation between Greek Cypriot side and Israel could also beget new problems. He said Turkish Cypriot side was up against a more rigid Greek Cypriot side who has become more intransigent after founding hydrocarbon deposits off the shore of South Cyprus.