Turkish FM says 2-state deal the only way for divided Cyprus

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister says reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus in line with the long-established formula of federation is off the table in any future peace talks, and a peace deal should be negotiated between two equal sovereign states. Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks after talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Tuesday could further complicate a meeting that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends to convene next month to gauge chances of resuming dormant peace talks. Greek Cypriots strongly reject any deal that would legitimize the east Mediterranean island nation’s ethnic partition that came about in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup aimed at union with Greece.last_img

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