Cyprus quizzes Syria on pilot ferry service with breakaway north

September 24, 2007 14:31

Cyprus is seeking explanations from Syria after a ferry sailed to a Syrian port from the breakaway state in the north of this Mediterranean island, the government said Monday. The ferry sailed Saturday from the northern port of Famagusta and docked at the Syrian port of Latakia. Cyprus has been divided into a Greek Cypriot south - represented by the internationally recognized government - and a Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkey invaded after a failed Athens-backed coup by supporters of union with Greece. The breakaway state is recognized only by Turkey, which does not recognize the Cypriot government. Following the invasion, the government declared all northern ports and airports closed.

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