Turkey: 'Window of opportunity' for revival of Cyprus peace talks

By REUTERS
October 9, 2013 18:47

ANKARA - Turkey sees a "window of opportunity" to end the decades-old division of Cyprus and expects peace talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to resume in November after a lull of almost 18 months, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

Talks have stalled in part because of financial turmoil engulfing the island, but discussions on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York last month have lent the process renewed impetus, Turkish officials said.

The island has been divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish invasion of the north in 1974. Turkey keeps some 30,000 troops in the north and is the only nation to recognize the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


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