'EU must act to end injustice: Turkish Cypriot FM
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
"It became clearer over the years that EU's admission of Cyprus as a divided island into the union 15 years ago, without reaching a permanent solution in the island, was a wrong decision," said Kudret Özersay, who is also deputy prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), in a statement.
“Turkish Cypriots have borne the brunt of this wrong decision," he added.
He went on to say this shortsightedness made the solution of the Cyprus issue even more difficult.
In 1974, following a coup aiming at Cyprus' annexation by Greece, Ankara had to intervene as a guarantor power. In 1983, the TRNC was founded.
The decades since have seen several attempts to resolve the dispute, all ending in failure. The latest one, held with the participation of the guarantor countries- Turkey, Greece, and the U.K.- ended in 2017 in Switzerland.
Talks have focused on a federal model, based on the political equality of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides, but Greek Cypriots' rejection of such a solution, including the Annan plan, led to the emergence of other models.
In a recent report, current U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also said that "new ideas" may be needed for a settlement on the island.