Erdogan says Turkey to increase soldiers in northern Cyprus

Says new base not needed, Turkey is just minutes away

17 September, 16:12

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 17 - Turkey will increase its troops in northern Cyprus, but will not build a new military base there, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday.

    Erdogan was responding to a question on rumours about a new base to be built on the northern part of the island, which has been divided in two since 1974, when the Turkish military invaded following a pro-Greek coup.

    "We don't need a base," Erdogan said, adding that it only takes "a few minutes" to reach the Mediterranean from Turkey.

    There are an estimated 35,000 Turkish soldiers currently on the island.

    Erdogan did not specify how many soldiers would be sent to increase Turkey's military presence there.(ANSAmed).

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