FT: Turkish turmoil after failed coup raises fears for Cyprus talks

** FILE ** A Greek Cypriot boy sits on a beach in front of deserted hotels in an area used by the Turkish military, seen in distance, in the Turkish-occupied coastal town of Famagusta, Cyprus, in this May 5, 2003 file photo. The Finnish European Union presidency has suggested talks in Helsinki aimed at averting a crisis in Turkey's EU negotiations, a Cypriot official said Tuesday. The proposal would open up the northern Cyprus seaport of Famagusta to free trade under EU supervision. In return the Turkish side would hand over control of the abandoned town of Varosha. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, file)

Cypriot leaders have started to discuss security questions that will include Turkey’s military presence on the island, as they ramp up unification talks amid fears that Ankara’s political turmoil could threaten any final deal.

UN-brokered talks between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have been under way since May 2015. The two sides have made significant progress in areas such as political power-sharing and a mechanism for displaced people to resolve property disputes.

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