Victoria Nuland, the number 3 in US diplomacy, said on Wednesday that the United States rejects any two-state solution to Cyprus, which has been pushed in recent days by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In response to a question during a parliamentary hearing, if the US government unequivocally rejects such an option, she replied: “Yes sure». «We believe that peace and stability in Cyprus can only be achieved through a Cypriot-led process, two regions and two communities.she insisted.
Negotiations have been suspended since 2017.
During a visit to Northern Cyprus on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan particularly appreciated that “No progress can be made in negotiations without accepting the existence of two peoples and two statesOn the island, it is divided between the Republic of Cyprus – a member of the European Union – which exercises its authority in the south, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which established itself in 1983 and is recognized only by Ankara.
The Turkish president also announced the continued reopening of Varosha, a ghost town symbolizing the division of the Mediterranean island.
Negotiations have been stalled since 2017. In April, an attempt to restart talks organized by the United Nations, which monitors the buffer zone between the two islands, ended in failure.