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Turkey calls Cyprus a 'defunct' state, reports say

An official document submitted by Turkey to the European Union has referred to the Republic of Cyprus as a defunct state, according to reports in Cypriot media.

The document by Turkey's Foreign Ministry, which was reportedly circulated to all EU member states during a session of the EU-Turkey Association Council in Luxembourg on Monday, said that Ankara is against Cyprus's membership of any international organization until a final and just settlement has been reached on the divided island, reports said.

The document also called for a new bi-zonal and bi-communal federation on the basis of two constituent states, reports said.

There was no official reaction to the reports.

A press release issued after the meeting welcomed progress in reunification talks between the two sides.

The EU welcomed the resumption of the full-fledged settlement talks in Cyprus between the leaders of both communities under the auspices of the UN. Turkeys commitment and contribution in concrete terms to such a comprehensive settlement remains crucial, the statement said.

Turkey invaded Cyprus 40 years ago after a brief Greek Cypriot coup staged by supporters of unification with Greece. Cyprus has been split ever since into an internationally recognized southern Greek Cypriot state and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot entity in the north recognized only by Ankara.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday June 25, 2014 (11:58)  
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