Davutoglu says Turkey supports peaceful solution in Cyprus

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey is ready to make all kinds of contributions for permanent, peaceful solution in Cyprus

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu gives a speech during his visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Tuesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that Turkey is ready to support a peaceful solution in Cyprus.

"We are ready to make all kinds of contributions for a permanent, fair and peaceful solution," said Davutoglu on Tuesday during a joint press conference with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mustafa Akinci in Lefkosa.

"The Turkish Republic is one of the primary components of the solution in Cyprus with other guarantor countries and will not abstain from taking necessary steps for a final solution," Davutoglu said.

He stated that if Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots can come together and reach a solution, it will change the eastern Mediterranean's fate and turn it into an area of prosperity.

"Turkey's close interest and support will be with us during the upcoming negotiation process," Akinci said.

He also added that a solution in Cyprus will improve the relations between Turkey and the EU and rid the eastern Mediterranean of possible tensions.

Akinci, whose election in April seems to have given a boost in peace talks, said the island’s two communities would establish a joint education committee to bridge both sides and create a "peace culture."

Further talks will be held on Dec. 4, a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to arrive in order to encourage the UN-facilitated talks. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond recently held talks with both leaders and said the "stars are beginning to align" for a solution in Cyprus.

In September, Akinci said he wanted to see Cyprus adopt a federal structure of two zones.

The island was divided after a 1974 military coup in Greece led to Turkey’s intervention. Nine years later, Northern Cyprus declared its independence in 1983.