Mitsotakis sees no imminent resolution for Divided Cyprus Dilemma | cyprus, politics
NEW YORK – In the face of intensifying Turkish provocations in the seas around the Greek islands, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said they did not bode well for any hope of reunification of Cyprus, where Turkey has drilled for the offshore energy.
Speaking at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he said: âWhat I am pessimistic about is the Cyprus issue. Turkey continues to violate the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, âKathimerini reported.
âWe will continue, with the UN Secretary General, the struggle for a mutual solution of a bi-zonal and bicommunity federation. Any discussion of two states is unacceptable, âhe said.
This was in reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said they would not even talk about reuniting the island divided by the illegal Turkish invasions of 1974, where the northern third was seized.
They have now demanded two separate states and a permanent partition, and that the UN and the world recognize the isolated occupied territory where Turkey maintains a standing army of 35,000, said Erdogan, who is here to stay.
The legitimate Greek Cypriot government is a member of the European Union which Turkey has tried unsuccessfully to join since 2005, prospects have worsened under Erdogan’s autocratic regime and refusing to recognize Cyprus while banning its ships and planes.
The EU has been reluctant to provoke Erdogan over fears he will release more refugees and migrants into the bloc, mainly across Greece and its islands, fearing that more hordes will come from Afghanistan fleeing the Taliban regime.
Turkey is home to some 4.4 million refugees and migrants who have gone there to escape war, conflict and economic hardship in their countries of origin, particularly Syria and Afghanistan, demanding the asylum in Greece after the EU closed its borders to them.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades used his time at the UN to outright reject any idea of ââtwo separate states after Tatar – whose self-proclaimed republic is not recognized by the UN – had an informal meeting with officials to demand it.
âThe narrativeâ¦ (that) all efforts to reach a compromise have failed and that we should seek solutions outside the UN framework reinforces valid arguments that Turkey’s end goal is not to resolve (the partition of the island), but to make Cyprus its protectorate, “Anastasiades said.
Turkey and Turkish Cypriots argue that nearly half a century of talks to reunify Cyprus into a single federal entity made up of Greek and Turkish-speaking administrations have failed and that a two-state deal is the only solution.
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This would see an occupying power keep an army in an EU country, but Tatar insisted that two states are the only viable answer after unity talks failed in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans. -Montana, adding to decades of frustration.
The majority of Greek Cypriots insist that a federation is the only possible option and oppose Turkish and Turkish Cypriot demands for a permanent presence of Turkish troops, Turkey’s right to intervene militarily, as well as to the Turkish-Cypriot veto powers on all state matters. , the minority side less than 20 percent of the population.
“I have no intention of engaging in a blame game, but I cannot ignore the absurdity of Turkish rhetoric,” said Anastasiades, whose pleas to the UN to intervene for stop Turkish oil and gas drilling have been ignored.
Anastasiades said he remains committed to resuming peace talks which have stalled since 2017, when the last major breakthrough in a deal that brought together the “guarantors” of Cyprus’s foreign ministers – Greece , Turkey and Britain – collapsed.
The problem has escalated with Erdogan and Tatar further reopening the abandoned Varosha resort on the occupied side, in defiance of non-binding EU resolutions, while wanting the UN to recognize the occupied territory.
Anastasiades received a boost when France sent messages of support to Greece regarding Turkey’s harassment of the Maltese-flagged energy research vessel Nautical Geo authorized by Greece to work off Crete, where Turkey plans to do the same.
The ship is conducting exploration activities for a possible East Med pipeline route on behalf of Greece, Cyprus and Israel, but a Turkish fleet, including warships, has warned of the ship Maltese.
Turkey is claiming the same waters in a deal with Libya dividing the seas between them that no other country recognizes, with Greece opposing a deal with Egypt.
Unnamed sources told Kathimerini that the French believe Erdogan’s sudden escalation in belligerence has to do with performing in front of a nationalist audience to strengthen his position, as he does in times of international tension.
Turkey’s economy is suffering and its relations with the international community have collapsed, including with US President Joe Biden – a Hellenophile who has been open to dealing with Turkey.