US Rejects Turkey's Cypriot Two-state Solution

After Erdogan's statement in which he said that Turkey is aiming for wide recognition of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," the US rejects his proposal for two states in Cyprus, urging continued efforts for a united island with two zones.

  • Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the United States Victoria Nuland
    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the United States Victoria Nuland

The Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the United States, Victoria Nuland, asserted Wednesday the United States' rejection of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposal for two states in Cyprus.

Asked during a Senate hearing to say clearly whether the US government rejects such a proposal, she replied with "Yes, of course." "We think only a Cypriot-led process -- bizonal, bicommunal -- will bring peace and stability in Cyprus," Nuland added.

Earlier today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country "seeks to ensure broad recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus."

He also stressed that his country would make every effort to obtain broad international recognition for the ‘state’ of "Turkish Cyprus" as soon as possible.

Moreover, on Tuesday, Erdogan accused the Greek Cypriot authorities of lack of integrity in finding a solution to the divided Mediterranean island.