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Nicosia considers Tatar's statements another effort to promote his position on 'sovereign rights'

In his interview, Tatar claimed claimed that two separate states exist in Cyprus

Source: CNA

Nicosia considers statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar, in an interview he gave to "Phileleftheros" newspaper another effort to promote his position that the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime constitutes a separate "entity" and the importance of Turkish Cypriots "sovereign rights".

In his interview, Tatar insisted on the recognition of "equal sovereignty" and "international status" and claimed that two separate states exist in Cyprus.

Invited to comment on Tatar`s statements, a source told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) he [Tatar] made them "with a view to promote his position for sovereign rights and to show that the pseudostate exists as an entity that makes proposals on its own."

In relation to the issue of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) the source noted that it was Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades who submitted a set of measures from which both communities would benefit and which would improve the climate for the resumption of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

President Anastasiades, when asked about his next steps, said on Saturday that he will present a complete proposal to the European Council which will state "the need for Europe to undertake an initiative for a solution to the Cyprus problem and the adoption of essential confidence-building measures that will restore trust and pave the way for a new, constructive dialogue.”

These issues will also be among the matters which Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, will discuss with his US counterpart Antony Blinken during their talks at the State Department on February 1st. Kasoulides is paying a working visit to the US, where he will also meet with other officials at Blinken`s invitation.

Meanwhile, President Anastasiades is expected to fly to Brest France on February 10 to participate, at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, in the “One Ocean Summit” that will take place on February 11. Anastasiades may hold bilateral meetings with other state leaders on the sidelines of the Summit.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

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