The remains of a Turkish Cypriot, who was among those killed during the bombing of Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital by Turkish warplanes in 1974, were handed over to his family on Tuesday, at a ceremony that took place at the anthropological laboratory of the Republic of Cyprus. Among those killed were two other Turkish Cypriots as well, whose remains have not yet been identified.
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.
An accord reunifying ethnically split Cyprus could unlock a deal to convey gas discovered in fields off Israel, Egypt and Cyprus to markets through neighboring Turkey's existing pipeline network, the leader of the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriots said on Nov. 12.
Turkey's president says he will not permit what he called the seizing of natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
Speaking at a naval ceremony Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would never accept such attempts "excluding our country and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus."
Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci reportedly threatened to resign rather than table any proposal for a solution to the Cyprus issue other than a federal system, Turkish Cypriot media reported on Wednesday.
According to daily Kibris Postasi, cited by Cyprus Mail Online, Akinci made the statement during the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to the north last April.