Von der Leyen: EU Will Never Accept Solution Involving Two States on Cyprus

BRUSSELS — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday repeated that the European Union's fixed position, saying that the EU will never agree to a two-state solution for Cyprus during a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg held at the start of the Slovenian EU presidency.

Asked about an imminent visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the occupied territories in the north of the island republic, von der Leyen said that she had spoken with Erdogan on the telephone recently and sent a very clear message regarding this visit, noting that the EU was "extremely sensitive" to this issue and would monitor the visit closely "and that it is absolutely clear that the EU is never going to accept anything leading to a proposal for a two-state solution."

She emphasised that the Turkish president is well aware of the EU's stance and position on this issue.

 (ANA/M. Aroni) 


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