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Tatar: we will table two-state solution at talks

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said Wednesday he would be tabling a two-state solution as a new idea during the planned informal five-party summit, whose date and venue have not yet been announced.

Tatar was responding to comments made by President Nicos Anastasiades concerning the parameters of a solution, which should not deviate from the bizonal, bicommunal federation.

The Turkish Cypriot leader suggested Anastasiades aimed at ruining the meeting by “setting such conditions”, adding that the existing parameters have yielded no results to date.

Insisting on them meant a deadlock, he said.

Tatar also said Turkish plans regarding Varosha would be implemented. “We will not bow down to the conditions” of the Greek Cypriot side on the matter, he said.

He reiterated the view that the only way forward was discussion of a two-state model based on the cooperation of two sovereign states with equal rights coexisting next to each other.

Tatar said Turkey, the biggest and most powerful country in the area, also supported a two-state solution.

“This is the most realistic solution model, which can benefit Cyprus and the region,” he said.


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