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Çavuşoğlu says Greek position on Cyprus is “outdated,” forgets U.S., Russia & China have same position

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, still recovering from the embarrassing humbling he received from his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, claimed today that “Greece did not bring a new vision and insisted on their outdated position.”

With the conclusion of the informal 5+UN meeting on Cyprus in Geneva, Dendias highlighted that the failure to find a solution to the Cyprus issue was because of Turkey and leaders of the Turkish-speaking Cypriot community.

Dendias said in a statement that Greece attended the meeting to resume negotiations “within the framework explicitly set by the United Nations Security Council, ie a bi-zonal, bi-communal solution.”

However, Turkish and Turkish-speaking Cypriots insist on a division of the island with two independent states, something that has no backing, which Çavuşoğlu did not acknowledge.

On Twitter, Çavuşoğlu emphasised Turkey’s support for a two-state solution, but then bizarrely said “Greece did not bring a new vision and insisted on their outdated position.”

Perhaps the Turkish foreign minister forgot that Greece’s “outdated position” is something that has the firm support of the United Nations, the European Union, France, the U.S., China and Russia.

During yesterday’s contacts, Turkish-speaking Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, with the support of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, also submitted a six-point written memorandum, in which he expressed his demand for a change in sovereign equality.

In essence, he called on the UN Secretary General to proceed with maneuvers that would lead to the recognition of the pseudo-state of the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” which has no international recognition, except from Turkey.

Greek Cypriots, with support from the UN, the U.S., the EU, Russia and China, want a bi-zonal bi-communal federation with political equality, in accordance to United Nations resolutions.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday that Moscow “reaffirmed its principled position in favor of achieving a solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the existing UN Security Council resolutions.”

On Twitter, Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus Liu Yantao “reaffirmed China’s principled position in support of the settlement of Cyprob on the basis of relevant UN resolutions.”

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said “We continue to support a Cypriot-led comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation consistent with UNSCRs to benefit all Cypriots and the wider region.”

Similar statements were also made by the United Nations Secretary General, the EU, France and India.

Yet, Çavuşoğlu has the audacity to claim that the Greek position on Cyprus is “outdated” when Turkey’s push for a two-state solution has not support, let alone from the world’s greatest powers or international institutions.

The so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC) is an illegal entity established after the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974.

It is recognised by no other state in the world besides Turkey and was deemed an illegal entity by United Nations Security Council resolutions 541 and 550.

READ MORE: Dendias: A solution for Cyprus was not found in Geneva due to Turkey.

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