The Turkish president said on Friday that Turkish Cypriots would never be a minority.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said that the views that the Cyprus federation should be subject of an evolution.

"All the world should know that Turkish Cypriots would never be in a minority status in the island," Gul told a joint press conference with President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Talat paid a visit to the Turkish capital of Ankara, and met President Gul, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

During the press conference, President Gul said that Turkey was supporting Talat in the ongoing Cyprus negotiations, and Turkey would back any decision of the Turkish Cypriots.

Gul said Turkey and Turkish Cypriots had did everything they could for a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem, and expressed his hope that ongoing Cyprus negotiations would result in settlement of the Cyprus question.

"We also wish that negotiations will be concluded till the end of this year, and be submitted for ratification of the two nations," Gul said.

However, it was not likely that the negotiations were concluded this year, Gul said.

Gul also said that therefore, Turkey wished negotiations concluded in a reasonable way within 2010.

"A solution should be lasting, and it should be a solution in which every one lives in peace and cooperation," Gul said.

Gul said United Nations (UN) parameters should not be ignored in a possible settlement, and enumerated them as bi-zonal structure, political equality and a new partnership.

President Gul also said Turkey thought that isolation of the two parties in Cyprus should be ended at the same time.

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders launched Cyprus talks in September 2008 in an effort to find a solution to the Cyprus issue. The first round of the talks was completed on August 6, 2009. And the second round started on September 10.

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