Turkish FM announces new initiative for Cyprus

Turkey's foreign minister proposed a new plan Tuesday to help resolve the Cyprus dispute, offering to open Turkish ports to Cypriot ships and planes in exchange for the lifting of restrictions on Turkish Cypriots. Greek Cypriot officials were immediately critical of the proposal, saying it appeared to offer nothing new, but pledging to study it nevertheless. At present, the government of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot republic in the island's north is recognized only by Turkey, which in turn refuses to recognize the Greek-Cypriot government of Cyprus and stations 40,000 troops in the north.