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.
"The meeting in Geneva will be informal. There will be no new negotiations to be held there," says Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
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.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry confirms that the 61st round of Exploratory Talks between Turkey and Greece will take place in Istanbul.
Ahead of EU leaders summit, Turkey's President Erdogan dismisses prospects of sanctions, saying some sincere EU leaders oppose it.
"There are two peoples and two separate states in Cyprus... there must be talks for a solution on the basis of two separate states," Turkey's President Erdogan says during his visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated Prime Minister Ersin Tatar on the win, adding Ankara will continue efforts to protect rights of Turkish Cypriots.
As Turkish Cypriots prepare to vote in the second round of the runoff presidential election, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The coastline of Maras will be open for public use as of Thursday morning, the prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Ersin Tatar, said in a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"Turkey is always in favour of dialogue on every platform for fair sharing of natural resources in the region," a statement read.
A rush for natural gas after several discoveries and loads of potential makes the region a focus of interest.
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