Talat added that he didn't believe that Turkey wold recognize the Greek Cypriot government before a solution is found. "Such an act would mean Turkey deserting the Turkish Cypriots, something which is simply not possible," said the president.
"Just imagine if it is done. .... What will happen? I mean we are still alive, the Turkish Cypriots are living in the north and they will defend themselves. This will cause a civil war, maybe. It is dangerous," he added, invoking images of inter-communal violence that ravaged Cyprus from 1963 to 1974.
"Recognizing Cyprus as it is means non-solution" of the island's division, Talat said in his office just north of the Green Line, the U.N-patrolled buffer zone that divides the island.
Talat hoped that by Turkey joining the EU that it would draw attention to the international community that a solution must be found for the island.