Merkel criticizes Turkey on Cyprus peace efforts

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 11, 2011 18:15

NICOSIA, Cyprus  — German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey and Turkish Cypriots on Tuesday for not doing enough to achieve a deal to reunify war-divided Cyprus, and pledged to speak to Turkish officials to give the peace talks a boost.

In the first visit by a German leader to the island, Merkel lauded Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias for his "courage and creativity" in talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. But she scolded the Turkish side for failing to keep up with Christofias in peace efforts.

"We see that you are taking many steps and we also see that the Turkish side is not responding accordingly to these steps," Merkel said after talks with Christofias in the divided capital. "Your steps show that you are prepared to come to a compromise."


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