Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community to recognize the international status of Turkey’s occupied northern Cyprus during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
He said that âa just, lasting and lasting solution to the Cyprus issue is only possible through a realistic and results-oriented approach. While the leader of one of the two peoples of the island, whom the United Nations considers equal, may speak to you, it is not fair that the other leader cannot make his voice heard on this platform.
Erdogan calls for equal status for Turkish Cyprus
He added that the Turkish Cypriots are the co-owners of the island and that “for a solution it is necessary to reaffirm the sovereign equality and the equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot people”.
Erdogan also referred to the security situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, warning the international community that Turkey, which he says has the longest coast in the Mediterranean, cannot be ignored.
âMaintaining the calm environment in the eastern Mediterranean is in our common interest. We hope that the problems concerning the delimitation of maritime borders will be resolved within the framework of international law and good neighborly relations, âhe said.
He added, however, that âfor this we must first abandon the agreement that Turkey, which has the longest coast in the eastern Mediterranean, is ignored in the region. Our proposal to organize an âEastern Mediterranean Conferenceâ, in which all actors in the region will participate for dialogue and cooperation, is still on the table.
Regarding the disputes with Greece on the Aegean Sea, he stressed the need for bilateral dialogue.
New ideas put forward by Anastasiades on the Cyprus question
Earlier on Tuesday, Cypriot President Anastasiades said his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had taken place in a creative atmosphere.
He added that new positions and ideas have been raised on how a dialogue could be revived before a lunch with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar and Guterres which is due to take place in New York on September 27.
âWe have listed the points of view, the positions on how a creative dialogue without prerequisites can be relaunched. I have developed positions and ideas and we have agreed that everything concerning the Cyprus issue will also be discussed during the lunch that we will have on the 27th, with Mr Tatar â, he declared. “Hopefully everything will go well, so that there are new prospects for Cyprus.”
However, as the Greek reporter reported on Tuesday, Anastasiades is not as optimistic as he would like about the informal tripartite meeting.
Anastasiades pointed to the comments made by the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot camps – in particular, the proposals for a two-state solution and recognition – as a black mark on the peace process.
“I am not as optimistic as I would like to be in the face of repeated statements by (Turkish President Recep) Erdogan or (Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut) Cavusoglu, repeated by Tatar,” the president said.
He also criticized what he argued to be Turkey’s “neo-Ottoman” program, saying it had an impact not only on Cyprus but also on Greece, Libya, Syria, Iraq and the United States. ‘Armenia.