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Erdogan’s statement on Cyprus territory dismissed by the south

17 January 2017

Greek Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has dismissed a statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Kokkina region should be merged with Turkish-held Morphou/Guzelyurt in the north, in a reunited federal Cyprus.

The map submitted by the Turkish Cypriot side in Geneva last week does not reflect what Erdogan has said.

All will be revealed at the UN-brokered negotiating table,” Christodoulides told south Cyprus state radio.

The Greek Cypriot inhabitants of Kokkina area which borders the island’s buffer zone were concerned by Erdogan’s statement.

The day before a Cyprus conference with the participation of the three guarantors took place last week, both sides showed maps on territory.

The Greek Cypriot side was understood to be dissatisfied with the proposed territorial layout by the Turkish Cypriot side, as it does not include the return of Morphou/Guzelyurt.

It was the first time since the 1974 military intervention by Turkey that maps were submitted at the negotiating table.

Additionaly, Turkey, which still maintains some 40,000 troops in the north, is the only one among the guarantors insisting on maintaining that role in a reunited EU-member Cyprus.

Tomorrow, a working group made up of technocrats from both sides and guarantor parties in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland will begin work on the contentious issue of security, preparing the ground for another high-level Cyprus conference.

Christodoulides said no negotiations on internal aspects of the Cyprus problem are scheduled in Nicosia this week.

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