Cyprus: Greek president blames Turkey for collapse of talks

AP , Monday 10 Jul 2017

Cyprus' president says the ethnically divided island's Greek side is ready to negotiate a reunification agreement with the Turkish Cypriots if rights of military intervention aren't included in a deal and all the troops that Turkey keeps in the island's breakaway north are withdrawn.

President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, told a nationally televised news conference Monday that Turkey's insistence on keeping military intervention rights and troops in place as part of any peace accord scuttled 10 days of high-level talks at a Swiss resort last week.

Anastasiades said his goal is to create a truly independent and sovereign state free from "the dependence of third countries."

Turkey has kept more than 35,000 troops on Cyprus since invading in 1974 following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

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