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Troops withdrawal from Cyprus is out of question: Turkey
Published : Friday, 13 January, 2017 at 10:37 PM,  Read :  81  times.
Troops withdrawal from Cyprus is out of question: Turkeyjamuna news: Turkey's president says a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus is "out of the question" unless Greece also agrees to pull out troops.

Hopes of reunification have been raised after talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriots in Geneva this week.

But a number of stumbling blocks remain, including whether any Turkish troops would stay in northern Cyprus after reunification.

The island's communities have been split since 1974.
Key obstacles to a deal include the return of property to tens of thousands of Cypriots who fled their homes in 1974, as well as the presence of troops.

Turkey still has 30,000 troops stationed in the island's north, whose presence Greece opposes. On Friday, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades reiterated a call for all Turkish troops to leave. Greece is thought to have about 1,000 troops stationed on the island.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said one side demanding that the other remove its troops would rule out a mutually acceptable solution.

On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had said discussions were "at a critical juncture" and that technical experts would now hold talks.

The meetings are likely to begin on 18 January, with a focus on thorny security issues, reports say.

Jamunanews24.com/kabir/kf/manik/ 13 January 2017

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