Greece and Turkey both agreed that meetings need to be held before Cyprus talks can start again to set clear positions, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said from Ankara on Tuesday after a tet-a-tet meeting.
“Before both sides sit down for a new negotiation period, we must establish a joint road map,” Erdogan said.
He added that what and how the Cyprus issue will be negotiated must be clear, and that for Turkey the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots is a matter of principle.
Tsipras said the two countries must agree on a series of preliminary meetings on the security chapter of the Cyprus issue, which involves Greece and Turkey.
“We discussed the need for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem in the framework of UN resolutions. A solution that will be a benefit to all of the Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and creates a reunited, federal Cyprus, a regular country in the area and the EU,” he said.
Tsipras and Erdogan met for approximately two hours, and discussed other bilateral issues concerning the two countries, including terrorism, security, issues in the Aegean, and a group of Turkish soldiers that fled to Greece following the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey.