Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on friendly and brotherly countries to objectively evaluate the vision of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to solve the island crisis.
This came in a speech he delivered on Sunday at the opening of the 15th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, which is being held in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat.
“The key to the solution in the Cyprus issue is the recognition of the sovereign equality and international status of the Turkish Cypriots,” President Erdoğan said.
And he added: “I call on all friendly and brotherly countries to evaluate the vision of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to resolve the island crisis without prejudice.”
Cyprus has been suffering since 1974, a division between two parts, Turkey in the north and Rome in the south, and in 2004, the Greek Cypriots rejected a plan presented by the United Nations to unite the two parts of the island.
Ankara and Turkish Cyprus stress the necessity of negotiating from now on on the basis of the two-state solution on the island.
This is after the failure of negotiations aimed at a federal solution based on equality, due to the intransigence of the Greek Cypriot side.
On the other hand, President Erdogan stressed the importance of regional and international cooperation in combating terrorist organizations.
He said, “The pace of calm, stability and economic development in our region will accelerate with its purification of bloody terrorist organizations such as the PKK, YPG, Gulen, and ISIS.”
He added, “Regional and international cooperation is of paramount importance in combating terrorism, and we must continue the fight without distinguishing between terrorist organizations.”