Erdoğan calls for talks on two-state solution for Cyprus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday called for talks on a two-state solution for the divided island of Cyprus and said efforts by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) alone were not sufficient in reaching a solution.

There is a need to scrap the old parameters of the issue, which have continuously failed Turkish Cypriots, who are demanding fair and sustainable solutions to the Cyprus crisis, Erdoğan said during a joint press conference with TRNC President Ersin Tatar, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

It is evident that Greek Cypriots evidently do not want to share the island with the Turks, he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a Greek Cypriot coup aiming to unite the island with Greece. Since then, the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus has controlled the southern two-thirds of the island, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, only recognised by Turkey, the northern third.

Erdoğan’s remarks arrive during Ankara-backed Tatar’s first official visit following his election last week.

"The basis of a solution, where both sides will life in peace, prosperity and safety must be based on the realities on the island,’’ Erdoğan said.  "We believe that a two-state solution must be brought to the table.’’

"Our goal is to increase the life standard of the Cypriot Turks and allow for them to look to the future with increased confidence,’’ he added.