NICOSIA – The US State Department has dismissed demands from Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar for the recognition of the occupied northern third of Cyprus and a two-state solution of permanent partition.
Unlawful Turkish invasions in 1974 split the island and a long line of envoys and diplomats have failed to make any progress at reunification, which Tatar said he doesn’t want, insisting the United Nations accept the self-declared Republic.
Ahead of the annual U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joshua Huck, told reporters, “We do not support a two-state solution [in Cyprus], 100 percent.” He added that America’s position is the complete opposite of the “divisive solution” of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“We continue to support a comprehensive settlement under Cypriot leadership and through UN facilitation that will lead to the reunification of the island,” Huck elaborated, adding, “We very firmly support a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality for all Cypriots, said The New York Sun.
This July will mark the 50th anniversary of Turkey’s invasion which was implicitly backed by the administration of then US President Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.