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Turkish Cypriot FM says federation on island impossible


A federation in Cyprus is impossible, the Turkish Cypriot foreign minister said on Friday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

 

In a news conference held in Lefkosa, Tahsin Ertugruloglu said building a federation in Cyprus was just a “dream”.

 

“Building a federation [in Cyprus] is not possible,” he added.

 

The 2004 federation plan, named after then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was accepted by Turkish Cypriots in a referendum but rejected by Greek Cypriots.

 

“Insisting on a federation in Cyprus is an insult to the Turkish Cypriot people,” Ertugruloglu said, adding they were fed up with “uncertainty”.

 

He believes that even hundred years of negotiations over a two-state federation in Cyprus will yield no results.

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