Ankara, Turkey – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the only way to resolve decades of dispute over Cyprus was to establish two states on the island, and a federation favored by Greece would not be on the agenda of upcoming talks.

The leaders of Greece and the Greek Republic of Southern (GRSC) Cyprus said they would only accept a peace deal for the Mediterranean island based on UN resolutions, rejecting the two-state formula supported by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots. Talks under United Nations auspices are planned for next month in March 2021.

Erdogan also told lawmakers from his AK Party he could not meet Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis despite a resumption of talks between the two NATO members over their maritime disputes. Erdogan said Mitsotakis had “challenged” him, and called on the Greek premier to “know his limit.”