Villiers condemns Erdogan’s support for two states in Cyprus

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet has issued a statement expressing her disappointment about a recent statement made by newly elected Turkish President Erdogan during his recent visit to the TRNC.

She said that the statement read out by Erdogan regarding two states in Cyprus, appeared to undermine any engagement over UN–led talks between President Anastasiades and the “Leader of Turkish Cypriot community” [as she referred to President Dervis Eroglu] by suggesting that the North part of Cyprus became a separate state.

President Anastasiades, expressed clearly his disappointment that Turkey did not at least pretend to demonstrate a determination to help in the solution for peace between both sides. Government spokesman, Nikos Christodoulides added that the Republic of Cyprus condemned “every statement or act which refers to a solution that is outside the framework of the UN relevant resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 and the joint communiqué.”

Theresa Villiers said: “I have campaigned long and hard for a resolution in Cyprus and this latest news seems to undermine any progress that has been made. It saddens me that President Erdogan is not supporting the ongoing negotiations between the two communities by campaigning for a two state resolution, which is totally unacceptable internationally.”

Many of my Greek Cypriot constituents are understandably concerned by the negativity of his recent statement and I reassure them that the UK Government, my North London Colleagues and I, will continue to campaign for UN relevant resolutions and the continuation of the talks started in February.”


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