Nicosia, 15 August 11 (T.A.K): President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu said a solution to the Cyprus problem had to be reached before 2012 July.
Eroglu attended a ceremony in Taskent village organized to pay tribute to 84 Turkish Cypriots massacred by the Greek Cypriots during the second phase of Turkish Peace Mission in 1974.
The 84 people were dragged from their homes deceived that they were going to be taken to prison camp but were gunned down.
The Peace Mission which consisted of 2 stages was Turkey's military intervention to stop the wide campaign by Greek Cypriots backed by Greek Junta to wipe out Turkish Cypriots in order to annex the island to Greece.
In his speech at the ceremony President Eroglu said, he was one of those that suffered most severely the pains of the war.
Referring to the peace talks Eroglu said a solution had to be reached before 2012 July (the date Cyprus Greek administration assumes Greek Term Presidency) on the Cyprus problem.
He said lessons had to be taken from the past nevertheless the Greek Cypriots remained far from a possible agreement.
Talking about the events in 1974 Eroglu said while the talks were going on in Geneva the Greek Cypriots were surrounding Turkish villages and on 15 August committed the Taskent massacre.
Taskent massacre is one of three massacres that were carried out by Greek Cypriots during the second phase of Peace Mission in 1974.