According to Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (05.08.17), Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has referred, for the first time, to a “two state solution under the EU roof”. Addressing representatives of Turkish Cypriot organizations during a briefing after the failure of the Cyprus Conference in Crans Montana, Akinci argued that he had devoted his entire life in finding a federal solution in Cyprus and alleged that at the point we have reached “a common reason should be searched for different formulas” adding that “one of these could be two separate states within the EU”.
Moreover, Yeni Duzen (06.08.17) reported that referring to the recent developments in the Cyprus problem and the view regarding “two separate states under the EU roof”, Tufan Erhurman, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) said that the formula of the solution in Cyprus was determined in the UN Security Council Resolutions as a bi-zonal bi-communal federation based on the political equality and that considering which countries are Permanent Members of the Security Council, it did not seem possible for this formula to change in the short and medium term. “We do not think that it is correct to suggest a ‘vision’ with anger or with sentimental approaches and not with reason and a solution focused perspective”, said Erhurman in statements to Yeni Duzen.
Finally, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (07.08.17) reports that Dogus Derya, CTP’s “deputy”, also reacted to Akinci’s statements regarding “two separate states”. In her social media account, Derya noted: “We have not elected you to talk about two separate states and make division permanent. If we wanted this, we would elect Eroglu. If you will not exert efforts to achieve the solution you have promised, the most honorable stance would be to resign from your duties. […]”