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North Cyprus leader pushes for two-state solution, agrees to informal summit

North Cyprus President Ersin Tatar reiterated support for a two-state solution as the island’s two leaders agreed to participate in an informal summit during talks with UN envoy Jane Holl Lute Tuesday.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) welcomes Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar (R) during an official ceremony in Ankara, on October 26, 2020. - Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar, the newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader, makes his first official visit in Ankara on October 26, 2020. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images)

ISTANBUL — The newly elected leader of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ersin Tatar, reiterated his stance on a two-state solution for Cyprus Tuesday, saying federation-based peace talks had failed to make progress in recent years.

"The Turkish Cypriot people are one of the two nations living on the island," Tatar said Tuesday, adding they have "sovereignty rights from historical treaties and the chance to live in peace, tranquility and security in these lands."

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