Cyprus: unconvinced negotiations are useless - Turkey

Ankara asks Nicosia for equal power in future administration

10 September, 16:03

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci in northern part of Nicosia Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci in northern part of Nicosia

    ISTANBUL - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday said ''there is no interest in starting negotiations without convincement'', one day after meeting with Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci.

    Ankara said that any management of a potential future administration of the island should be equally led by Greek-Cypriots and the Turkish-Cypriot minority of the north.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded the island in response to a pro-Greek coup attempt.

    Cavusoglu also stressed Ankara's intention to continue controversial explorations to search for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean in an economic area claimed exclusively by Nicosia.

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