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Talks to reunify Cyprus collapse

Friday, July 07, 2017 - 00:55

Talks to reunify Cyprus have collapsed. They were seen as the best hope for peace in generations, and now they've reached a dead end there's no fall-back plan. Lucy Fielder reports.

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Talks to reunify Cyprus collapsing on Friday (July 7), and the U.N. says that's the end of the road for now. A two-year peace process that was seen as the best chance for a deal in generations grinding to a halt. At talks in the Swiss Alps, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders seemed unable to overcome their differences; the last session dissolving into yelling and drama, sources say. Cyprus was split in 1974 by a Turkish army invasion triggered by a Greek Cypriot coup. They wanted union with Greece. Greek Cypriots seeming ready at the talks to meet Turkish Cypriot demands for a rotating presidency. But they want Turkish troops to leave the island and Ankara didn't yield. With no fallback plan, the peace process seems for now to have hit a dead end.

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Talks to reunify Cyprus collapse

Friday, July 07, 2017 - 00:55