Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for a “two-state” solution in Cyprus during a high-profile visit to the Turkish-Cypriot north of the island on Sunday.
“There are two separate peoples, two separate democratic systems and two separate states in Cyprus today,” Erdoğan said in a speech.
Cyprus has been divided into a Turkish Cypriot north and a Greek Cypriot south since Turkey’s 1974 invasion, which came in response to a Greece-backed coup. Ankara does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state that is otherwise recognized internationally as the sole sovereign authority over the whole island, reports Politico.
Erdogan’s proposal would translate the reality on the ground to the legal state of affairs, having the added advantage of gaining recognition for the island’s forgotten minority Turks, and ending one cause of conflict between Turkey and Greece. But, will the Greek Camp and EU accept it?