President Derviş Eroğlu referred to the Cyprus issue while he received an union from Turkey. Underlining that Cyprus question was a long standing dispute, Eroğlu said the Turkish Cypriot people were running out of patience.
"We sat at the negotiation table while we had economic problems. There was pressure from EU and the UN. Thus economic problems cannot be given as an excuse for long" said the president.
Eroglu said, a lasting settlement could only be reached based on today's realities. He also stressed that a time limit should be imposed since the talks had started over 40 years ago.
Referring to the social dinner due at the end of the May with the Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastasiades, Eroglu said, "I shall reiterate my wish that talks should start as soon as possible"
Current process which started in late 2008 was stalled in early 2012 because of Greek Cypriots EU term presidency. The Greek Cypriot side did not take up any of the calls from Turkish Cypriot and other interested parties to resume talks since then.