Deputy Erdogan: Our vision on Cyprus is based on sovereign equality

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Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay stated that his country presented in the last informal meeting on the island of Cyprus (last July) a vision based on equal sovereignty and an equal international situation between the two parties on the island.

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This came in a joint press statement on Tuesday with the Prime Minister of Turkish Northern Cyprus, Unal Ostel, in the capital, Ankara.

Oktay stressed that Ankara will continue to fully support that vision as well as respond to the provocative unilateral activities of the Greek Cypriot administration in the Mediterranean (hydrocarbon activities).

He added that both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot people enjoy equal rights and legitimate interests in the eastern Mediterranean.

Oktay indicated that Turkey will continue to stand by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, according to an approach directed towards a solution that respects the Turkish Cypriots.

Since 1974, Cyprus has been divided between Turkey in the north and Rumi in the south, and in 2004 the Greek Cypriots rejected a plan presented by the United Nations to unify the two parts of the island.

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Since the collapse of the UN-sponsored Cyprus reunification talks in Switzerland in July 2017, no formal UN-brokered negotiations have taken place to settle the dispute on the island.