Cyprus – New Turkish-Cypriot leader wants two states

The “prime minister” of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was sworn in on Friday.

Posted today at 01:22

Ersin Tatar is sworn in in Nicosia on October 23, 2020.

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New Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, an Ankara-backed nationalist, advocated a two-state solution when he was inaugurated on Friday. He had created the surprise by winning Sunday the “presidential” election in the north of the divided island.

The “prime minister” of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had won against the outgoing leader, Mustafa Akinci, at odds with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The sovereign equality of two peoples on the island and their cooperation on the basis of two states is necessary for us,” Ersin Tatar said on Friday, during a ceremony in the northern part of Nicosia, the last divided capital in the world. , in the presence of Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay.

Unlike his predecessor, Ersin Tatar is in favor of a two-state solution rather than a reunification of Cyprus, divided since 1974, when the Turkish army invaded the northern third party in response to a coup. aiming to reattach the island to Greece.

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A reunification plan was approved by the Turkish Cypriots and rejected by the Greek Cypriots in a referendum in 2004. The last talks collapsed in 2017.

Promising to act “in harmony” with Ankara, Ersin Tatar called on Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to consider his proposal to create a joint committee on the sharing of hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The Republic of Cyprus, the only internationally recognized member of the EU since 2004, exercises its authority over the part of the island located south of a buffer zone monitored by the UN.

Tensions have increased this year in the eastern Mediterranean after Turkish exploration and drilling operations in waters claimed by Greece and Cyprus.

Nicos Anastasiades and Ersin Tatar are planning to meet soon in the buffer zone to establish a first contact.

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