Turkey says will not budge on two state solution for Cyprus
Turkey will continue to insist on a two-state solution to the Cyprus problem, based on sovereign equality of the Turkish and Greek Cypriots in all areas, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said. Greek Cypriots strongly rejected the proposal.
“This solution model will mean peace and stability for the region, against exhausted efforts and one-sided approaches,” Oktay said on Twiiter on Thursday.
United Nations-hosted meetings on Cyprus ended in Geneva on Thursday, failing to find common ground between the two sides of the divided island to open formal negotiations. Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar caused a major stumbling block in the talks by calling for equal recognition for Turkish Cyprus, which is only recognised as a state by Turkey.
“We will not compromise on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC) independence and sovereignty,” Oktay said. The Greek Cypriot side has not given up on deadlock and insisting on the impossible, he said.
Tatar submitted a six-point proposal at the Geneva meetings, calling for the establishment of a cooperative relationship based on both sides’ sovereign equality and equal international status.
The Turkish proposal is a clear violation of United Nations resolutions on Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, president of the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus, said on Thursday.
“There is not one single chance of Turkey or the Turkish Cypriot side succeeding in this. This was something which was pointed out by the (United Nations) Secretary-General,” Anastasiades told reporters in Geneva, Reuters said.
Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded in 1974 in response to a brief Greek Cypriot coup aimed at uniting it with Greece. Numerous diplomatic efforts to reunify the Mediterranean island have failed.
The biggest chance for a deal failed in April 2004 when the majority of Greek Cypriots opposed a U.N. bizonal, bicommunal model in a referendum a week before the Republic of Cyprus joined the European Union on behalf of the whole island. Turkish Cypriots approved the plan.
Turkey and the pro-Ankara government in Turkish Cypriot-controlled northern Cyprus now reject the U.N.’s long-standing bizonal solution, saying that a series of talks on the model ultimately failed.
Ankara and the leadership in northern Cyprus have returned to a “no solution is a solution” politics for the island, Asım Akansoy, ex-private secretary to former President Mehmet Ali Talat, who struck up the ill-fated 2004 deal with Greek Cyprus, said in a column for Ahval this week. Akansoy is a parliamentarian for the Turkish Cypriot opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP).
The Republic of Cyprus and Greece say the island’s future must be resolved with single sovereignty, single citizenship and single international representation under the U.N.-backed bizonal, bicommunal federation model.