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Current Cyprus Talks are now expected to fail

Even though Derviş Eroğlu, who is currently expected to be the new north Cyprus President, has said that talks will continue after the Presidential elections in April, the talks are now expected to fail. At the very least, according to south Cyprus opposition leader, Nicos Anastassiades, “they would not be as helpful as we would have wanted to provide the people with a better answer from what was proposed and rejected (in 2004).”

Evidence that current north Cyprus Prime Minister Derviş Eroğlu is set to win was apparent in a recent poll which gave him 60.8% of the vote in the first round with only 29% going to north Cyprus President Talat.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph President Talat said,  “the pace of the talks is too slow. We need a quicker round of talks in early 2010.” He also stated his belief that 3 days of all-day talks would give the two leaders “the opportunity to concentrate on the most difficult issues.”

Observers who were positive about the current talks based their optimism on the two old friends, Christofias and Talat, coming up with a plan which would be acceptable to both sides of the divide. These same observers believe such a plan is unlikely with Eroğlu representing the north.

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