A controversial visit to a divided country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for talks on the basis of “two separate states” in Cyprus, where he arrived on Sunday, November 15.
“There are two towns and two separate states in Cyprus. Conversations are needed for a solution based on two separate states“Erdogan said during a speech in the northern part of the Mediterranean island, occupied by Ankara.
He felt that it was no longer possible to restore “the association broken in 1963 and completely destroyed in 1974“Turks and Greek Cypriots, referring to the dates of the beginning of the unrest between the two communities and the invasion of the northern third of the island by the Turkish army in 1974 after a coup to reunite Cyprus with Greece.
For the Turkish head of state, plans to reunification of the island in the form of a federal state now they are part of the past. “You can’t dry your clothes today in yesterday’s sun,” he hammered, a colorful expression referring to negotiations that have failed over the decades to end the division of the island.
A visit that elicits strong reactions
The visit of the Turkish head of state to northern Cyprus, where he intends to have a “picnic” in the ghost town of Varosha, one of the symbols of the division of the island, has unleashedstrong reactions between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. It has been described by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades as “unprecedented provocation“and Ankara’s” fait accompli “policy which” thus shows that it does not respect international law. “
Locked up by the Turkish army for decades, Varosha was partially reopened in October during the “presidential” campaign in northern Cyprus, an election won by Ankara’s protégé, the nationalist Ersin Tatar, a supporter of a two-state solution.
The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), only recognized by AnkaraIt is very politically and economically dependent on Turkey, which deploys more than 30,000 soldiers there.