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Cyprus leader blames Turkey for talks collapse, says drilling to continue

Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades pays his respects at the graves of soldiers killed in the July 15, 1974, Turkish invasion of Cyprus, in Nicosia, on Saturday. He called the invasion ‘a day of treason by the military junta in Athens.

In a wide-ranging interview with Sunday’s Kathimerini, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades blamed Turkey for the collapse of the latest United Nations-mediated effort to reunify Cyprus, said Nicosia would not change its plans to drill for hydrocarbons off the island’s coast and appealed for calm in the region.