Over 40 years of U.N.-led federal partnership negotiations to resolve the Cyprus issue have failed to yield a result and there is no sign that this will change in the foreseeable future.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavosuglu says it is time to consider alternative solutions to the Cyprus issue beyond the bi-zonal, by-communal federation.
In an interview to Cyprus's Politis newspaper, Cavusoglu expresses Turkey's readiness to discuss other solutions, such as a confederation or two separate states.
A group of Greek-Cypriot university students went on a two-day hunger strike on Tuesday outside the Turkish Consulate in Thessaloniki on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the unilateral proclamation of the Turkish-Cypriot state in the occupied north of Cyprus on Thursday.
A march to the Turkish Consulate has also been planned for Thursday.
Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings on Nov. 12 for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.
Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides is visiting Washington for a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Christodoulides will meet with Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell.
Turkish scientists have discovered a new spider species in the mountains of Northern Cyprus.