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Erdogan’s two states, picnic in Varosha comments ‘offensive’ spokesman says

Turkish President Erdogan Meets With Newly Elected Turkish Cypriot Leader Tatar In Ankara
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar

Turkey’s proposal for a two-state solution in Cyprus is in complete contradiction with UN resolutions, government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said on Tuesday.

Speaking to CNA on Tuesday, Koushos also added that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s desire to have a picnic on the recently reopened beach of Varosha, which he expressed on Monday during a joint conference with the newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, was provocative and against every principle of law.

“His statements are part of a general destabilising policy by Turkey, which applies to Syria, Libya, the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Greece and Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ),” the spokesman said.

“Our side remains committed to resolving the Cyprus problem through a productive dialogue,” he added.

During his joint statements with Tatar, Erdogan said no result could be achieved under the current parameters following negotiations that lasted more than half a century.

“At this stage, we believe starting talks on the basis of a federation will be a loss of time. Therefore, we believe a two-state solution must now be brought to the table with a realistic proposal.”

Koushos said that, through its actions and its president’s statements, Turkey was not contributing to the creation of a positive environment for a resumption of the talks.

“What we are witnessing is a Turkish president violating all diplomatic institutions and principles, which was even clearer after he attacked France’s President Emmanuel Macron.”

Koushos referred to last week’s incident when Erdogan offended his French counterpart, by saying he needed mental treatment. The row has continued into this week.

The spokesman said President Nicos Anastasiades would meet Tatar in the coming weeks, adding however that no official date for the meeting has yet been decided.

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