NICOSIA — Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar's insistence for recognition of the occupied but isolated northern third of Cyprus has been rejected out of hand by the European Union that has had no say in reunification talks.
“I want to repeat that we will never, ever accept a two state solution. We are firm on that and very united,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference while visiting the island, said Reuters.
“Our neighbors have (an) interest in good bilateral relations. If this is the case, and we also have an interest in good bilateral relations, I want our neighbors to know that if they speak to one of our member states, like for example Cyprus, in whatever tone, they speak to the European Union,” von der Leyen said.
Tatar, elected in October 2020, turned away from the idea of bringing the island together again and said he would follow the lead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who wants recognition for the occupied side.
Talks in Geneva earlier ended with no progress, as has been the case for decades, this time worsening over the demands by Tatar and Erdogan for recognition which have sunk hopes again.