Right after the presidential elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was completed with a surprising victory of the “AKP backed” candidate last week, Turkish President Erdogan on Monday called for talks on a two-state solution for the divided island of Cyprus.
Erdogan said during a joint press conference with TRNC President Ersin Tatar that there was a need to scrap the old parameters of the issue, which have continuously failed Turkish Cypriots. “It is evident that Greek Cypriots evidently do not want to share the island with the Turks” he added.
“The basis of a solution, where both sides will life in peace, prosperity and safety must be based on the realities on the island,’’ Erdoğan said. “We believe that a two-state solution must be brought to the table.’’
“Our goal is to increase the life standard of the Cypriot Turks and allow for them to look to the future with increased confidence,’’ he added.