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.
Overseen by UN chief Guterres, the meeting of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and diplomats of Greece, Turkey and Britain will examine "whether a common ground exists for the parties" to negotiate a lasting solution to Cyprus dispute.
Designed to accommodate 1,000 people at the most, Pournara is a “first instance” camp where in theory asylum-seekers are initially processed and released after three days.
It would be pointless to keep rehashing the idea of a federated Cyprus made up of two separate zones, which has failed to produce any results over a half century of negotiations, Turkey's top diplomat says.
"Turkey is always in favour of dialogue on every platform for fair sharing of natural resources in the region," a statement read.
"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.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country might start drilling for offshore gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, adding Turkey has purchased platform for drilling.
Reports claiming Turkey had presented a four-step plan to reduce its military presence on the divided island "not true", says Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman.
No agreement could be reached on the summit, but the UN says the peace process has not fallen apart.
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