Turkey's Erdogan Rules Out Concessions On Cyprus Visit
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Monday to make no "concession" as he pressed for a two-state solution for Cyprus, during a visit to the divided eastern Mediterranean island
Nicosia, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Jul, 2021 ) :Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Monday to make no "concession" as he pressed for a two-state solution for Cyprus, during a visit to the divided eastern Mediterranean island.
Erdogan, whose visit coincides with the 47th anniversary of the invasion, told a special session of the breakaway northern region's parliament he firmly rejected international efforts to reunify the island.
"We do not, and cannot make, any concession on that," he said, in reference to Turkish Cypriot TRNC leader Ersin Tatar's push at UN-brokered talks for international recognition.
Tatar told that meeting he would only negotiate on the terms of a two-state solution.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this month Brussels would "never accept" a two-state solution for island.
Erdogan said past experiences "taught everyone clearly that Greek Cypriots have no intention of establishing a partnership state" comprised of two equal halves.
In 2004, Greek Cypriots rejected a UN plan for the creation of a loose federation on the island, pointing out that it did not include a clear right for Greek Cypriots to return to the occupied north.
The majority of Turkish Cypriots voted for the scheme.
On Tuesday, Erdogan is expected to review some of the thousands of Turkish troops in the breakaway north in the abandoned beach resort of Varosha, which the 1974 invasion emptied of its Greek Cypriot inhabitants.