The foreign ministers of Cyprus and Greece said they would die coordinate next steps, “and die coming days will be decisive “.
After a meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Nicosia Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides expressed his opposition to the Turkish solution to the Cyprus problem on Wednesday.
“Turkey’s provocative measures in occupied Cyprus are aimed at promoting other solutions to the Cyprus problem, die neither us nor die international community, “Christodoulides is quoted by the Cyprus News Agency as saying.
The agency added that die two ministers die yesterday Tuesday in connection with the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in “Provocative statements” made to the “occupied Cypriot territories”, in particular in in reference to die Varosha region, condemned. Both sides stressed, “die coordinate next steps “to respond to Erdogan’s visit, and the Cypriot Foreign Minister hinted that die coming days would be “decisive”.
For its part, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed its grave concern on Wednesday die Announcements on the change of status of the Varosha region in Cyprus and called for die Compliance with Security Council resolutions.
In a statement, she stressed die Need to avoid unilateral action, die die Complicate the situation and die Tensions in the region could increase.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized on Tuesday in a strongly worded speech, die on the occasion of a visit to northern Cyprus on the 47th anniversary of the Turkish invasion, die led to the partition of Turkey, its adherence to a two-state solution in Cyprus die Mediterranean island.
“We don’t have 50 years to waste,” he said to a crowd during a military parade in the north of the capital, referring to decades of UN-sponsored negotiations that failed to break the Greek and Turkish Cypriot parts of the island to unite.
He added: “It is not possible in to move forward with the negotiations without die To recognize the existence of two peoples and two states. “
He said that “a new negotiation process can only be resumed between two countries” and added: “For that to happen die Sovereignty and equality of Turkish Cypriots are confirmed, and that is die Basis of the solution. “
To the cheers of the crowd waving Turkish flags, Erdogan accused the Greek Cypriot authorities of “blocking any solution” by taking an “extremist approach beyond reality”.
This month he rejected a warning from EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that Brussels would “not accept” a two-state solution for Cyprus, a member of the European Union.
On Tuesday, EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell expressed “concern” about Erdogan’s announcement and considered it “unacceptable”.
Washington condemned die Announcement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Varosha, die Ghost town in Eastern Cyprus, die in front fast abandoned half a century by its original Greco-Cypriot inhabitants, to reopen, and die Turkish Cypriots want to reopen it today with the support of Ankara under their administration.
“The United States is following the Turkish Cypriots’ approach in Varosha with the support of Turkey for provocative, unacceptable and incompatible with the in past commitments to participate constructively in peace talks, “said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken he said in his testimony.
For his part, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed his support for Cyprus and stressed that he die Discussed the matter with his Cypriot counterpart and that he would raise the issue at the United Nations and accuse Erdogan of “provocation”.
“France deeply regrets this uncoordinated unilateral move and constitutes a provocation,” he said in issued a statement, adding that “this die Restoring the confidence that undermines that for die an urgent resumption of negotiations on a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus issue is needed. “
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