Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to Cyprus from 29 to 31 December. He made the comments at a joint press conference after holding productive discussions with his Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Kassoulides.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday reiterated India’s commitment towards a bi-communal, bi-regional federation based on UN resolutions as a solution to the Cyprus issue. Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to Cyprus from 29 to 31 December. He made the comments at a joint press conference after holding productive discussions with his Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Kassoulides. “India reiterates its commitment towards a bi-communal, bi-territorial federation based on UN resolutions as a solution to the Cyprus issue,” he said.
At the same time, Kassoulides expressed gratitude to India for supporting Cyprus to reach a viable and comprehensive agreement regarding UN Security Council resolutions and international law. “As we have seen in the case of India, the partition of the country was the beginning of a dangerous journey and certainly not the end, so a two-state solution cannot be accepted for Cyprus and its people,” he said. Significantly, according to the Cyprus Foreign Ministry, Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 in violation of all rules of international law, including the United Nations Charter. It claims Turkey “captured the city of Famagusta during the invasion and has since illegally occupied 36 percent of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Bar- Often he mentions the Kashmir issue in his address to the sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. India had earlier also termed his comments as “completely unacceptable” and said that Turkey should learn to respect the sovereignty of other countries.
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