Cyprus, Paralimni (AP) —Turkey’s Legepta says that the only way to a lasting peace in ethnically divided Cyprus is for the international community to accept two separate states in the eastern Mediterranean island nations. President Yip Erdogan said on Monday.
“A lasting and sustainable solution” to the division of the country is “possible” by taking into account the existence of “two separate states and two separate people”, Erdogan said. It was.
“The international community will sooner or later accept this reality,” Erdogan told Turkish Cyprus on his departure from the north of Cyprus to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Turkish invasion, which divided the island along ethnic boundaries. Said before.
Turkey’s 1974 invasion was triggered by a coup backed by the Greek junta for a coalition with Greece. Only Turkey has granted the Turkish Cyprus Declaration of Independence, with an army of 35,000.
In a 1983 resolution, the UN Security Council accused the Turkish Cypriot separatist movement of being legally invalid and called for its withdrawal. The European Union has also ruled out transactions in two states. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told Nicosia earlier this month that the 27 member blocks that Cyprus joined in 2004 would “never” accept such an arrangement.
However, Turkey and Turkish Cypriots have stated that the two-state agreement is the only way to peace, as nearly 50 years of negotiations based on the establishment of the Commonwealth have not been reached anywhere. They blame Greek Cypriots for not wanting to “accept reality” and consider Turkish Cypriots to be “equal partners.”
The internationally recognized government of Cyprus, located in the southern part of Greek Cyprus on the island, reached a formal peace agreement by negotiating a coalition of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriot zones in 1977. Says that it cannot deviate from the agreement.
However, the majority of Greek Cypriots oppose Turkey’s demand for a permanent military presence on the island, fearing that the island could become an Ankara “reserve”. .. Office work.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Erdogan’s remarks were “an expected repeat of Turkey’s unacceptable position.”
The Cyprus sector continues to serve as a major obstacle to Turkey’s already troubled bid for EU accession, fueling tensions over hydrocarbon deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkish Cyprus leader Ersin Tatar, an avid supporter of the two-state agreement, also advocates a closer relationship with Ankara.
However, many Turkish Cypriots oppose what they see as Erdogan’s heavy hand on their own, as a putt on his bid for absolute political and economic control of the North.
Two left-wing Turkish Cyprus lawmakers, the Republican Turkish Party and the Joint Liberation Party, who won a total of 30% of the votes in the 2018 parliamentary elections, emphasized this by boycotting Prime Minister Erdogan’s speech to parliament. did.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Greek Cypriots are on Erdogan’s visit to the village of Delinia near Barosha, an abandoned suburb of the northern town of Famagusta, which until recently was under strict Turkish military control. I protested.
Valosha has remained empty and barren since 1974, but Turkish and Turkish Cyprus authorities have allowed access to the area last year. It infuriated many of the Greek Cyprus inhabitants of Barosha who saw the move as a bid to pressure them to waive their right to their property.
Protester Eleni Marangou said Turkish Cypriots also participated in the protest to express their hope for a peace agreement to reunify Cyprus.
“The inhabitants of Famagusta have not forgotten their city and are united by regaining it and demanding an agreement to reunify our country. We are to the mighty people of this world. I want you to hear our voice, “he told The Associated Press.
AP journalist Ayse Wieting contributed to this report from Istanbul.