Erdogan advocates 2-state Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus, July 19 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday his country supports a two-state solution for Cyprus if there is no political resolution by next year.

"We will see if this is resolved by 2012 or not. If it is not, we will have to find solutions ourselves," Erdogan told the Anatolian News Agency.


President Dimitris Christofias accused Erdogan of making "incendiary statements," the Famagusta Gazette reported. Christofias said Erdogan's visit to the "pseudostate" in the north is illegal.

"If this is Turkey's official stance, it means they want recognition of the pseudostate," the president said.

Cyprus has been partitioned since 1974. Talks organized by the United Nations have been under way since 2008 with little result.

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