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EU Will Never Accept a Two-State Solution for Cyprus, von der Leyen Says

BRUSSELS — The European Union will never accept a two-state solution for Cyprus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday during a press conference, following the conclusion of the European Council in Brussels.

Von der Leyen said that she had spoken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the telephone earlier in the week and relayed a very clear message regarding his upcoming visit to Cyprus on July 20, pointing out that this was a "very sensitive issue for us".

She made it clear that the EU will be monitoring the visit and also that the EU will never accept a solution of two states on the island republic, von der Leyen said, telling Erdogan that it was now up to him to send a positive message.

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