Cyprus: The two state-solution…Is it feasible?


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?


Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.