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Turkey favors fair, permanent, sustainable solution on Cyprus

Turkish President blames Greece-Southern Cyprus for current tension in Eastern Mediterranean

Anadolu Agency WORLD
Published October 26,2020
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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.