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Turkish president calls for talks to reunite divided Cyprus

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Turkish president calls for talks to reunite divided Cyprus

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On the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus, the Turkish President, Abdullah Gul has called for renewed talks to reunite the island.

Gul is visiting northern Cyprus where he met with his “counterpart” Dervis Eroglu at the “presidental place”. Gul is expected to attend the 40th anniversary ceremonies on Sunday.

“We hope that there will be another opportunity for talks and we will reach an affirmative point as a result of negotiations so it won’t be open ended talks. We hope that the two sides would reach an agreement within the parameters of the United Nations,” Gul said.

In 1974, Turkey invaded the island’s north after a Greek-inspired coup. The Greek Cypriots called it an occupation; Turkey claimed it was to protect Turkish Cypriots.

Turkish Northern Cyprus has never been recognised by the international community.