İrem UZUN -TDO- President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said on a visit to Northern Cyprus that talks about the island should aim for a settlement between “two separate states”. "Our priority is to ensure a fair, lasting and sustainable solution" in Cyprus that ensures Turkish Cypriots have security and legal rights, Erdogan told an audience after his arrival. "A two-state solution must be negotiated on the basis of sovereign equality," he said speaking at a ceremony on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's (TRNC) 37th anniversary.
Erdogan said the will of the Turkish Cypriots has manifested in this direction in the last elections. "The Greek Cypriots don't want to share power and prosperity equally with the Turkish Cypriots, who are the co-owners of the island, and they say this clearly. This is the reason why they constantly avoid sitting at the table with the Turkish Cypriots on hydrocarbon resources," he added.
Erdogan added they would continue to strengthen the Northern Cyprus and implement large-scale projects, adding that with a 2015 water supply project the country's drinking water issues had been solved. The president went on to say that Turkey's projects to bring natural gas and electricity to Turkish Cyprus are ongoing, adding that Turkey would never abandon the TRNC, Anadolu Agency reported.