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Close Election Casts Doubt on Plan to Unite Cyprus

Parliamentary Vote Indicates Turkish Cypriots Evenly Divided on Reunification With Greek Side. In key parliamentary elections, Turkish Cypriot parties favoring reunification of the divided Mediterranean island appeared to be running evenly with incumbent parties opposed to union with the Greek side, unofficial results showed Monday. With more than 90 percent of ballots counted from Sunday’s voting, unofficial results showed each side controlling 25 seats in the parliament of the tiny Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognized only by Turkey. The vote is widely considered to be a referendum on whether the Turkish side of the island should reunite with the Greek sector under a plan advanced by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Greek Cyprus is scheduled to join the European Union next year, while Turkey’s EU prospects are linked to reunification of the island, which has been split since Turkey invaded in 1974 after a Greek-backed coup. Full Story

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