Top Turkish diplomat meets UN Cyprus envoy
Turkish side promotes 2-state settlement based on equal sovereignty, says Mevlut Cavusoglu
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met Wednesday with the UN's special envoy to Cyprus.
"Stated to Jane Holl Lute, #UN's Senior Official on #Cyprus, that federation project is no longer sustainable," Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
📌Stated to Jane Holl Lute, #UN’s Senior Official on #Cyprus, that federation project is no longer sustainable.— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) December 16, 2020
📌In line with realities on Island Turkish side promotes two-state settlement based on equal sovereignty.
📌Common ground should be reached for new negotiation process. pic.twitter.com/Hxtr3O3jlJ
Cavusoglu said the Turkish side promotes a two-state settlement based on equal sovereignty in line with the realities on the island.
Common ground should be reached for a new negotiation process to be launched, he added.
The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.
It has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including a failed 2017 initiative in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece, and the UK.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was founded in 1983.