Friday, January 13, 2017

Greek, Turkish, British Diplomats Meet on Cyprus; May Have Paved Way for Cyprus' Reunification

Turkey's president says his country must continue to underwrite the security of Cyprus, even if there is a deal reunifying the island that is divided along ethnic Greek and Turkish lines, the Fox News website reports today (January 13, 2017).

However, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul today that a full pullout would be possible if Greece -- which also deploys a small troop contingent in Cyprus -- does the same.

Erdogan's remarks came a day after top diplomats of Cyprus "guarantors" -- Greece, Turkey, and Britain -- met in Geneva for the past three days, discussing among other things how to protect both communities from possible hostilities if a Cyprus reunification deal is reached.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said in Geneva today the fact that the guarantors dealt with security matters for the first time since Cyprus became divided in 1974 offers hope for a deal.

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