Nicosia rules out partition, wants talks to resume

Cyprus will never accept any form of partition, Nicosia said on Saturday while voicing its commitment to resume peace talks with Turkey to reunite the divided island.

“We rule out and we condemn any form of partition, and we underline that only the termination of the occupation and the reunification of Cyprus and its people will bring about growth, prosperity and conditions of people and security,” government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said on the 31st anniversary of the unilateral proclamation of the Turkish-Cypriot administration in the occupied north of the island, which is recognized only by Ankara.

“At the same time, we reiterate our commitment to participate in a substantive dialogue, away from threats and intimidations,” he said in reference to Ankara’s recent encroachment of Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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