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Erdogan Visits Northern Cyprus, Calls for Two-State Solution for Island

ISTANBUL—Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for an equal “two-state” solution in Cyprus during a visit on Nov. 15 to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the island, drawing a rebuke from the internationally recognized government in the south. Erdogan also said Turkey and Northern Cyprus would no longer tolerate what he called “diplomacy games” in an international dispute over rights to offshore resources in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus has been split along ethnic lines since a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. Only Ankara recognizes Northern Cyprus as an independent state, and it has no diplomatic relations with the government of Cyprus, which is a member of the European Union. “Our priority is to ensure a fair, lasting and sustainable solution” in Cyprus that ensures Turkish Cypriots have security and legal rights, Erdogan told an audience after his arrival. “A two-state solution must be negotiated on …