Westminster, January 7, 2017. The Prime Minister Theresa May called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier today to discuss the Cyprus peace talks, according to N10 Downing Street .
The two leaders agreed on the importance of reaching a successful resolution to the Cyprus peace talks in Geneva
Theresa May and Tayyip Erdogan noted that the Geneva meeting was a real opportunity to secure a better future for Cyprus and to guarantee stability in the wider region.
The Island of Cyprus, where there is a big RAF base, has been divided in 1974 by Turkish forces following troubles following an Athens inspired military coup. The Turkish troops divided the island into a mainly Greek part in the South and mostly Turkish Republic republic of Cyprus in the north, hardly recognised by international community, but it gets support from Turkey. The recognised Southern part is a member of the EU.
Downing Street sources said the Prime Minister also expressed her sincere condolences on the attacks in Istanbul and Izmir.
Both our Prime Minister and the Turkish leader y wished each other a happy and peaceful New Year. The Prime Minister said she looked forward to visiting Turkey early this year.