Thursday, June 1, 2017

Turkey Wants No Conditions for Cyprus Unity; Greek Pres.Wants Turkey to Withdraw Troops

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today (June 1, 2017) that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots are ready to take part in a summit in Geneva to work out a peace accord reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus, as long as Greek Cypriots drop unacceptable "conditions," according to the Washington Post website. 

The island's Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades insists on first dealing with the issue of the withdrawal of Turkish troops that Greek Cypriots consider a threat.

More than 35,000 troops remain in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north after Turkey's 1974 invasion that followed a failed coup by supporters of union with Greece.

Anastasiades has proposed that an international police force oversee post-reunification security, but the minority Turkish Cypriots see Turkish troops and military intervention rights accorded to Ankara as their only protection.

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