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Published: Sat, July 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Anger as Cyprus reunification talks break down

Anger as Cyprus reunification talks break down

That source found fault with Turkish Cypriots for being "a bit greedy" and "overplaying their hand", but also Greek Cypriots, who possibly made a tactical error in asking for a written commitment from Turkey relinquishing its intervention rights before a deal had been agreed.

"I'm very sorry to tell you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations and different parties ... the conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached", Guterres said in a short press conference held in the early hours of Friday morning.

Cyprus has been divided since a 1974 Turkish invasion triggered by a coup by Greek Cypriots seeking union with Greek.

A man sits on a bench under a peace sign near the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus January 9, 2017.

He stressed though that while the Crans-Montana conference had proved fruitless, "that doesn't mean that other initiatives can not be developed in order to address the Cyprus problem".

Turkey will do everything within the framework of worldwide law to defend the rights of Turkish Cypriots, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday as a reunification deal on ethnically split Cyprus collapsed.

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı said the talks ultimately ended negatively despite serious efforts. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the outcome showed the "impossibility of a solution within the parameters of the United Nations good offices mission".

Turkey supports the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which Turkish Cypriots established in 1983 after years of failed negotiations to restore peace. "Turkey did have a very sharp rhetoric on this, saying the Greek Cypriot position of no troops and no guarantees was a non-starter", Dr. Cirakli told Sputnik.

Turkey maintains more than 35,000 troops there, and any prospects of reunification largely hinge on a drastic reduction of Ankara's military presence.

"The Greek side insists they must all be pulled out, while the Turkish side says some must remain", says Reuters. Reunification attempts have always been under the umbrella of the United Nations, which has one of its longest-serving peacekeeping forces on the island.

With peacekeeping forces around the world under threat from USA budget cuts and reunification efforts now in disarray, its future - at least in its present form - is now in question. "Tonight's development is in no way positive, but it is not the end of the road either", he said, without elaborating.

But Turkey, which had said from the outset that the Crans-Montana conference would be the last, said its collapse spelled the end of the UN-backed talks. "There is no meaning left in continuing within these parameters", Çavuşoğlu claimed.

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