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Cyprus peace talks

Cyprus peace talks

The leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots has warned that talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus would collapse if he loses to a hardliner in elections this month.
Mehmet Ali Talat said a failure of the talks would scuttle Turkey's bid to join the European Union, harm relations between Greece and Turkey, fan instability and undermine economic growth in the eastern Mediterranean.
"This will be a disaster not only for Turkish Cypriots, but also for Turkey and for the Turkish-European Union progress. It will be, in total, a big retreat for the Turkish side," Talat told reporter in an interview Friday aboard his campaign bus as it toured remote villages in northern Cyprus.


Updated : 2021-03-09 19:03 GMT+08:00