Erdogan visits Turkish-occupied Cyprus

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Monday expected in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus in his first official visit as new Turkey President.

Erdogan, who was sworn in as his country's first popularly elected president last weeek, was scheduled to meet for talks with Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu ahead of a joint press conference.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades recently said that a positive gesture by Erdogan could boost stalled negotiations for a peace settlement on the divided island.

Meanwhile, dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media reported.

Arrest warrants were issued for 33 police “seeking to overthrow the government,” reports said.