Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Sunday for talks to target”two individual states” in Cyprus, during a controversial trip to the north of the island which Turkey has occupied for almost five decades.
The past UN-sponsored peace talks in 2017 between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, depending on the island’s reunification, collapsed.
“There are just two individuals and two different states in Cyprus. There have to be talks aimed at a solution according to two individual nations,” Erdogan said in a speech on his arrival.
The Turkish leader made it clear he thought the reunification plan currently belonged to the past.
“you cannot dry now’s washing yesterday’s sunshine,” he went on.
The Republic of Cyprus, the sole internationally-recognized state and also a part of the European Union, exerts its jurisdiction over two-thirds of this island south east west of an UN-monitored buffer zone.
The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), recognized globally only by Ankara, controls the northern third of this island in which some 30,000 Turkish soldiers have been stationed.
The election of right-wing governmental Ersin Tatar as president at North Cyprus on October 18 was a game-changer.
After passing through Nicosia, Erdogan was expected to stop by Varosha from the east, a long-abandoned shore resort sealed off from the Turkish military after the 1974 invasion.
This ghost-city, among the symbols of this division of Cyprus, was partially reopened in October.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades known Erdogan’s trip a”provocation”, accusing the Turkish pioneer of demonstrating his failure to respect international law and”boastfully demonstrating contempt and breaking up the applicable conclusions and resolutions of the UN”.
An announcement issued from the Cypriot presidency explained activities by Turkey and its president”torpedo the potential” to get a solution to the Cyprus issue.
Erdogan’s trip comes as regional electricity Turkey has publicly sparred with neighbors Greece and Cyprus over marine lands considered to maintain vast gas residue.
‘Picnic of anguish’
A few hundred people protested in North Cyprus last Tuesday from Erdogan’s trip. “No picnic around the anguish of others” They chanted and different slogans.
The north is exceptionally dependent upon Turkey both economically and politically.
The trip of the Turkish president is determined by the anniversary of the announcement of the TRNC on November 15, 1983.