It is time to work for the realization of a two-state solution for the decadeslong Cyprus issue, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said Monday, as he underlined Turkey's and Turkish Cyprus' close cooperation with the United Nations to promote lasting peace and a solution.
Releasing a Twitter message, Altun noted that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit the island to mark the 47th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation initiated by Turkey.
He also shared a video called the "Cyprus Issue from Past to Present: Two-State Solution."
President @RTErdogan will visit Cyprus on the 47th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation.Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots worked closely with UN for decades to promote lasting peace.It’s time to pursue a two-state solution. pic.twitter.com/yo6jMiQhIP— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) July 19, 2021
Erdoğan Monday started a two-day official visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
During his visit, Erdoğan will address a special session of the Turkish Cypriot Parliament and attend celebrations of the July 20 Peace and Freedom Day, marking the 47th anniversary of Turkey's 1974 Peace Operation, which protected the island's Turkish Cypriot community from Greek Cypriot violence.
He will also meet with Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar to exchange views on the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and bilateral relations. Erdoğan will then attend a mass inauguration ceremony of a number of completed projects.
Every year the TRNC celebrates July 20 as its Peace and Freedom Day to mark the operation – a large-scale military intervention to protect Turkish Cypriots from the violence that struck the island in 1974.
Cyprus has been mired in a decadeslong dispute between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, despite a series of diplomatic efforts by the U.N. to achieve a comprehensive settlement.
In the early 1960s, ethnic attacks forced Turkish Cypriots to withdraw into enclaves for their safety. In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aiming at Greece's annexation of the island led to Turkey's military intervention as a guarantor power to protect Turkish Cypriots from persecution and violence.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was founded in 1983.
The island has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including a failed 2017 initiative in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom.
The Greek Cypriot administration entered the European Union in 2004, the same year that Greek Cypriots thwarted the U.N.'s Annan plan to end the decadeslong dispute.
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