Turkey Says Cyprus Deal Must be Based on ‘Current Realities’



Turkish and Turkish Cypriot flags on display (file photo)

Turkey on Wednesday said any solution to the Cyprus dispute should be based on “current realities on the island”.

The foreign ministry statement from Ankara came after the UN renewed its peacekeeping mandate for the island for another six months on Tuesday.

It went on to claim that both sides had different views of what a federal Cyprus would look like, and hit out Greek Cypriots’ alleged “categorical rejection of a framework capable of addressing the legitimate security concerns of the Turkish Cypriots, which stem from their tragic past experience”.

The Republic of Cyprus is currently holding a presidential election amid ongoing tension in the island’s northern zone.

A Turkish-Cypriot newspaper was recently attacked by a mob after it published articles critical of Turkey’s military operations in northern Syria.