Turkish Cyprus offers cooperation with Greek Cypriots on resources

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Friday presented the United Nations proposals for cooperation with the Greek Cypriot administration on hydrocarbons, electricity, renewable energies and water on the basis of a solution to two states.

TRNC President Ersin Tatar received Miroslav Jenca, Under-Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas at the UN Department of Political Affairs.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Tatar said, “Today I presented four proposals prepared in accordance with the win-win principle, based on our acquired rights and taking into account the needs of both parties.”

The president said the Turkish Cypriot side had presented the proposals to Jenca to be forwarded to Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades through UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Tatar, who reiterated the need for cooperation between the two sides on the island, said the cooperation will contribute both to the creation of a necessary reconciliation environment, as well as to peace and stability In the region.

“We expect a positive attitude from all parties concerned, in particular from the Greek Cypriot side, on the implementation of these proposals to contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of our island and our region”, did he declare.

Decades-long conflict

Cyprus is mired in a decades-long dispute between Turkish and Greek Cypriots, despite a series of diplomatic efforts by the UN to reach a comprehensive settlement.

Ethnic attacks from the early 1960s forced Turkish Cypriots to retreat to enclaves for their safety.

In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at the annexation of Greece led to the military intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power to protect Turkish Cypriots from persecution and violence. As a result, the TRNC was founded in 1983.

It has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including a failed initiative in 2017 in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom.

The Greek Cypriot administration joined the European Union in 2004, the same year the Greek Cypriots thwarted the UN’s Annan plan to end the long-running dispute.

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