Cyprus reunification talks given urgency by Turkey coup tension


Talks ‘poisoned’ by Turkish prime minister’s statement on Greek Cypriots

Graffiti is seen on a wall outside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus. The graffiti on the wall reads “Peace in Cyprus”. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

The Turkish coup and crackdown on dissent has added urgency to this week’s talks on the reunification of Cyprus, which has been divided since Turkey occupied the north of the country in 1974.

The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, have already discussed the critical issues of the territory of the proposed federal states, security and external guarantees. They are set to tackle sticking points today as uncertainties multiply over the unsettled state off affairs in Turkey.

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