President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Tuesday that they did not want citizens of TRNC to be made a matter of discussion during the negotiations.


Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias met in the buffer zone in Lefkosa for the 54th time within the framework of ongoing negotiations to solve Cyprus problem.

Special representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Tayé-Brook Zerihoun also attended the meeting where the parties assessed the issues "Aliens, Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship".

TRNC President Talat, speaking to reporters after his meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader, said, "we say TRNC citizens should not be a matter of bargaining. Greek Cypriot party says a specific number of people, who became citizens after 1974, can be citizens of "a new united Cyprus".

"Number of people who became TRNC citizens after 1974 was exaggerated," Talat said.

Greek Cypriot party brings forth situation of Turkish descent TRNC citizens under the topics "Aliens, Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship".


Tayé-Brook Zerihoun told reporters after the meeting that UN Secretary General has a possible visit to Cyprus but did not set a definite date.