Before departing for Cyprus on September 1,Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a political solution on the island is dependent on Greek Cypriot good will. It is his first official overseas visit as President of Turkey.
He said regarding the UN-sponsored reunification talks Erdogan said; “While the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus regards a just solution in the talks, Greek Cypriot administartion has never shown the same goodwill.”
“Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus sets an example in the East Mediterranean with its advancing economic development and prosperity level. Parallel to the accelerated development in Turkey in the last decade, the per capita income in the North Cyprus has also risen, despite all the unjust limitations from the part of international community and Greek Cyprus,” Erdogan also said.
During a press conference at the airport before his departure, “Erdogan also urged the international community to take more decisive steps towards a solution,” according to World Report, which added “The last time the two sides came close to a deal was in 2004 when a deal put forward by former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan to reunify the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities was defeated by a “no” vote in a referendum held in the Greek Cypriot administration. The Turkish Cypriots had voted in favor of the Annan plan.”
A joint declaration announced by the UN mission in Cyprus on February 11 said a settlement between the two sides “will be based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality.”
The issues to be resolved includce the constitutional framework, territorial adjustments, return of property to pre-1974 owners and/or compensation payments, return of displaced persons, and residency rights/repatriation of Turkish settlers.