Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to repeat calls for a ‘two-state solution’ to the Cyprus problem, amid the 49th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on Thursday.
According to AP News, Erdogan spoke at an event in Cyprus’ occupied north on Thursday and said whilst he does not “oppose fresh talks” on the Cyprus problem, he would reject any deal which doesn’t offer Turkish Cypriots their own state.
This comes after a recent statement by Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, who claimed Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974 ‘brought peace’ to the island.
Erdogan’s two-state position has been condemned by the European Union and other countries, with Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides stating on Thursday that the “current status quo is not and will never be accepted for the future of Cyprus.”
“We are struggling with all the political and diplomatic means at our disposal to reverse this unacceptable state of affairs,” Christodoulides added at an event to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
Source: AP news