Turkey favors fair, permanent, sustainable solution on Cyprus
Turkish President blames Greece-Southern Cyprus for current tension in Eastern Mediterranean
Turkey is in favor of a fair, permanent, sustainable solution on Cyprus, Turkey's president said on Monday.
"The efforts of the Turkish side alone are not enough for a solution, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters after meeting with Ersin Tatar, the newly elected president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
He added: "It is obvious that the Greek side has no intention of accepting a solution on the basis of the equal partnership of the Turkish Cypriot people."
The reason for the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean is the Greek/Greek Cypriot duo, who have not heeded Turkey's warnings since 2003 and have ignored its constructive suggestions, said Erdoğan.
Erdoğan said that he will pay a visit to Northern Cyprus on Nov. 15.
Last Friday Tatar was sworn in as the country's president.
For his part, Tatar hailed Turkey's proposal for a five-party conference on the Cyprus issue, calling it the "last chance for an agreement."
The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.
It has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including a failed 2017 initiative in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece, and the UK.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was founded in 1983.