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UK can help deliver two-state solution in Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot president says

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Ersin Tatar in Ankara, Turkey on October 26, 2020 [Metin Akta┼č/Anadolu Agency]
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Ersin Tatar in Ankara, Turkey on October 26, 2020 [Metin Akta┼č/Anadolu Agency]

The UK can assist in the resolution of the Cyprus dispute by recognising the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), the Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar said.

Speaking to British tabloid the Sunday Express, Tatar "urged Boris Johnson's government to get behind his plan for a two-state solution," which he will propose at the talks that are set to start in Geneva tomorrow.

"After Brexit freed Britain from the EU it can now fulfill its role as a neutral guarantor for the eastern Mediterranean island, ensuring that both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are treated in a balanced way," Tatar said.

The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks and Turkey's intervention as a guarantor power.

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