Turkey's PM says time running out for Cyprus deal

July 20, 2011 13:53

NICOSIA - Turkish Prime Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greek Cypriots of blocking peace talks with Turkish Cypriots and warned time was running out for a deal on Cyprus, split since a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a Greek-inspired coup.

"Everyone should know the existing window of opportunity on Cyprus will not always be open. The North Cyprus Turkish side is working for peace and solutions against all injustices. It's not bearable anymore," Erdogan said in a speech at a military parade in northern Cyprus to mark the anniversary of Turkey's invasion.

"An urgent and permanent solution to the Cyprus problem should not be sacrificed for daily political interests and poisonous prejudices," he told thousands of supporters waving Turkish and northern Cypriot flags.

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