Sunday, February 19, 2017

Turkish Cyprus Leader Sabotages Unity Talks; Greek Cyprus Pres.Calls for Cyprus Federation

The leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots says talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus can resume once the island's Greek Cypriot president moves to restore deeply shaken trust, the ABC News website reports today (February 19, 2017).

Mustafa Akinci says Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades needs to publicly admit that legislation making the annual commemoration of a 1950 vote to unite the island with Greece compulsory in Greek Cypriot schools was erroneous.

Anastasiades said yesterday the legislation was mistaken, but added that Turkish Cypriots should not "overreact" because there is no support for union with Greece and there is agreement that Cyprus should be reunified as a federation.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkish troops invaded the island and seized the northern third of Cyprus, which Turkey continues to illegally control today.

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