Nicosia, Cyprus – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the long-established federal formula is the only way forward in Cyprus reunification talks.

“Ending Turkish presence in Cyprus, and finding a viable solution are a fundamental Greek foreign policy priority,” Mitsotakis said after a meeting with Greek Republic of Southern Cyprus (GRSC) President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia.

“The only viable solution is a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality,” Mitsotakis said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Ersin Tatar have in recent months called for a two-state solution on the ethnically-split island.

Mitsotakis said their position, which is in contravention of United Nations resolutions on Cyprus, is rejected by both the UN and the EU.

“A resumption of meaningful talks can only be understood within the existing framework,” he said.