Turkish Cypriot President Tatar says official talks on future of Cyprus meaningless without recognition of equality of both sides as sovereign states, with Greek Cypriots wanting a bizonal, bi-communal federation with political equality.
At the UN-led meeting, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara supports a two-state solution to the island with a sustainable settlement only achievable based on ground realities.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Ersin President Tatar has made his remarks regarding the solution process of the Cyprus issue during an interview with the Kathimerini newspaper published in Greece.
Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu says his Greek counterpart is set to visit Turkey for talks on April 14 following a meeting of senior diplomats in Athens to ease long-standing tensions over Aegean and Mediterranean seas between the two NATO allies.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz stressed on the importance of the EastMed gas pipeline project and expressed hope that Ankara will join the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum in the future.
Ibrahim Kalin calls the EU to open new chapters in Turkey's accession negotiations into the bloc, as well as to take action in updating the Customs Union Treaty and a visa-free travel arrangement for Turkish nationals to the EU.
Greek Administration of Southern Cyprus has said it will scrap its citizenship scheme for foreign investors next month over alleged abuses uncovered in a television programme.
"The memorandum of understanding will not serve peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean and will damage the solution of the Cyprus problem," Turkey's Foreign Ministry has said.
Top American diplomat praises German efforts to reduce tensions via opening a door for dialogue and hopes "the military assets that are there will be withdrawn" for communication.
Once upon a time, the US sought to mediate and unite a divided island. Now, by ending the arms embargo, it wants to sell weapons to the Greek Cypriot administration.
Also responding to Washington's decision, TRNC President Mustafa Akinci says it "was not a step in the right direction."
The unprecedented French intrusion into Cyprus complicates the politics of the disputed island since only Greece, Turkey and Britain could have a military presence there.
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