LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus – The president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is expected to highlight a two-state solution during a meeting with the UN special envoy to Cyprus.
According to a Turkish Cypriot presidential source, Ersin Tatar is expected to meet Jane Holl Lute on Monday at 14.00 local time.
Lute will meet the leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration Nicos Anastasiades on Monday morning.
The meeting will take place ahead of an expected 5 + 1 informal meeting in Cyprus which is planned to be held under the leadership of the UN soon.
The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when the Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island’s Turks and Ankara’s intervention as a guarantor force.
This has seen a persistent peace process in recent years, including a failed 2017 initiative in Switzerland under the aegis of guarantor states Turkey, Greece and Britain. TRNC was founded in 1983.
Tatars are expected to convey a clear and unequivocal message to Lute about the stance of the Turkish side before a possible negotiation process can begin on the Mediterranean island, according to the sources.
The Turkish Cypriot leader will describe in detail a model based on two separate states based on the sovereign equality advocated by the Turkish side on the Cyprus issue.
During the meeting, he is expected to inform UN envoys that negotiations cannot start from the point they left in Crans-Montana, Switzerland and talks about a new federation are unlikely.
The 2017 Crans-Montana conference held with the participation of the guarantor states ended in failure.
According to the source, Tatars will note that Turkish Cypriots have developed their position on the Cyprus issue in coordination with Turkey.
Tatars will also emphasize that the lack of a solution in Cyprus has a serious negative impact on the security and stability of the region and the island, and that the attitude of the Greek side also hinders cooperation on hydrocarbon resources in the East Mediterranean.
In the meeting, he will explain that negotiations can only be started on the basis of equality of sovereignty and acceptance of two countries with equal international status.
He added that otherwise negotiations would have no meaning and such a process would not have started, according to the source.
Last Wednesday, Tatars asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to adopt an open-minded approach to the formula for equality of sovereignty and cooperation between the two countries on the island.
He sent a letter in response to Guterres’ letter, the presidency said in a statement.
In light of the new conditions prevailing on the island and the region, for a fair, realistic and sustainable reconciliation, TRNC aims to establish a cooperative relationship between the two parties based on two sovereign states with equal international status, said Tatar in his letter. .
Greece and Southern Cyprus have tried to prevent attempts at a solution on the island, he said, stressing that a resolution on some basis would help restore regional security and stability and pave the way for an embracing vision in the East Mediterranean.
Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with the UN special envoy for Cyprus.
“It was stated to Jane Holl Lute, # Senior UN Officer at #Cyprus, that the federation’s project is no longer sustainable,” Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
He said the Turkish side was promoting a two-state settlement based on equal sovereignty in line with the realities on the island.
Common ground must be reached for a new negotiation process to be launched, he added.