Turkey's Erdogan says it's time for two-state solution in Cyprus

Marco Green
October 28, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has led the charge against his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, backing calls in the Islamic world to boycott French goods.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - The Turkish currency slid further Monday to an all-time low against the US dollar after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to slap sanctions over his government's decision to test its Russian-made air defense system.

The latest attempt at reunification between the two Cypriot sides collapsed in disarray in mid-2017.

Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third in 1974 in reaction to a Greek-engineered coup aiming to annex the island. The EU admitted the island into the bloc in 2004, represented by the internationally-recognized Greek Cypriot government in the south. Both sides blamed each other for the collapse, and Ankara accuses the European Union of violating laws by only admitting Greek Cypriots.

"Spehar looks forward to hosting Mr Anastasiades and Mr Tatar for their first informal meeting together as the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities", said the statement.

Tatar said a Turkish proposal to hold an informal meeting between Turkey, the northern Cyprus, Greek Cypriots, Greece and the United Nations was "the last chance" for an agreement on Cyprus.

Authorities in breakaway northern Cyprus are to open the coastal section of the long-fenced-off disputed town of Varosha, a Turkish Cypriot leader announced Tuesday (6 October) ahead of elections at the weekend.

"At the point we have reached, we believe with certainty that to start negotiations based exclusively on the option of a federation is a waste of time", Erdogan said. "We believe that now, a two-state solution needs to be brought to the negotiating table with a realistic approach".

Erdogan, who said he would visit Northern Cyprus on November 15, said he wanted to have a picnic in Varosha.

"The United States strongly believes that unnecessary Alliance infighting only serves our adversaries", a State Department spokesperson said.

"We see it on screen, now we want to see it for ourselves", Erdoğan added. "God willing, we will do that too".

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