Turkish Vice President and Turkish Cypriot President discuss Cyprus issue – Middle East Monitor

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Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay has discussed the Cyprus issue with Ersin Tatar, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Turkiye Communications Directorate said on Saturday. Agency Anadolu reports.

The two also discussed the latest developments in the region and cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting took place at Oktay’s official residence.

Decades of dispute

Cyprus is mired in a decades-long dispute between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, despite a series of UN diplomatic efforts to reach a comprehensive solution.

Ethnic attacks beginning in the early 1960s forced Turkish Cypriots to retreat into enclaves for their safety.

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In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at the island’s annexation by Greece led to military intervention by Turkiye as a guarantor power to protect Turkish Cypriots from persecution and violence. As a result, the TRNC was formed in 1983.

It has seen a steady peace process in recent years, including a failed 2017 initiative in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and Britain.

The Greek Cypriot government joined the European Union in 2004, the same year Greek Cypriots thwarted a UN plan to end the longstanding dispute.

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