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Turkey calls for new Cyprus peace talks based on UN plan

Turkey’s civilian and military leaders called for the resumption of stalled peace talks to reunify Cyprus on the basis of a UN settlement plan, which had been rejected by the leader of the island’s breakaway Turkish community. The national security council, the country’s top consultative body, agreed “on the need for… new efforts to relaunch the process of negotiations on Cyprus,” it said in a statement issued after a four-hour meeting. The call came amid intense international pressure, especially from the European Union, on Ankara to help end the division of the island by May 1 when Cyprus, represented by its internationally-recognized Greek Cypriot south, joins the bloc. The Turkish Cypriots in the north — who maintain a self-proclaimed state, recognized only by Turkey — will be denied entry if there is no peace deal by then. Full Story

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