Kudret Ozersay pointed out that negotiation talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriots should stress a new partnership between the two. “This is a historic development,” he said.
Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anastasiadis want to make real progress in talks aimed at reunifying the island.
Cyprus has been partitioned since 1974 when a military coup that attempted to unify the island with Greece was followed by a Turkish peace mission to protect the Turkish Cypriots on the island.
Peace talks between the Greek Cypriot administration and the TRNC continue under a United Nations initiative.
After a nearly two year-long pause Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders held their first meeting last week and agreed on issuing a joint declaration that outlines how the talks should move forward.
The declaration recommends recognizing the equal status of the two states, while aiming to bring the divided communities closer under a federal government.
The Greek Cypriot administration is a member of the European Union and recognized internationally, excluding Turkey. Only Turkey recognizes the TRNC.