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Cypriot President: Reunification Talks Must Not Fail


Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos says the divided island cannot afford another failed reunification attempt

Mr. Papadopoulos told the United Nations General Assembly Sunday that revived talks need thorough preparation and what he calls an honest assessment of whether success is possible.

He said Turkey must recognize that the only settlement can be a single state with no Turkish military presence in the north.

Cyprus has been split since 1974 between an internationally-recognized Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north, which only Turkey recognizes.

A plan proposed by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan would reunify the island as a loose federation.

Turkish Cypriots voted for the plan in a referendum last year while Greek Cypriots rejected it.

Some information for this story provided by AFP.

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