Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said Tuesday attempts to solve Cyprus’ cultural division should begin fresh and goal to attain a two-state deal because decades of negotiations to get a federation-based arrangement have got nowhere.
Tatar reported a regional”new state of affairs” which takes into consideration the discovery of gas residue off Cyprus generates the demand for a two-state accord, under which both sovereign Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can live”side by side.”
The Greek Cypriots reject the two-state notion.
Tatar talked after meeting United Nations envoy Jane Holl Lute, that came to the island country to scope chances of resuming peace talks which have remained dormant since 2017.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is prepared to sponsor a casual conference bringing together both sides in addition to Cyprus'”guarantors” — Greece, Turkey, and former colonial ruler Britain — in hopes of resuscitating peace talks.
The strategy by Tatar, a right-wing hardliner who conquered a leftist incumbent in Turkish Cypriot leadership elections in October, threatens to upend a 1977 agreement for both sides to negotiate a federation.
Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aimed at union with Greece. The island’s internationally recognized government is seated at the Greek Cypriot south. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence from the north.
Nearly all Greek Cypriots refuse a two-state bargain or another arrangement officially sanctioning the nation’s branch by giving recognition into some breakaway entity.
Lute fulfilled Tuesday with Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades who voiced his willingness to share in the summit in hopes of resuming peace talks where they left off in 2017, according to government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos.
Lute will travel to Greece on Wednesday and also to Turkey later this month to get more discussions.