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Turk move on Cyprus ports

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said yesterday that his country is ready to open its ports to Cyprus if international traffic is given access to harbors in the Turkish-occupied north of the divided island. «We want to lift all borders on Cyprus. We are ready to open Turkish ports to Greek Cypriots,» Davutoglu was quoted as saying by Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency. Davutoglu said that Ankara would take this step, which it is obliged to do anyway under a trade pact with the EU, which it hopes to join, if the two sea ports of Famagusta and Kyrenia, as well as Ercan airport are opened to international traffic and trade. «The world will open three ports for Turkish Cypriots and we will open all Turkish ports to Greek Cypriots. I promise,» Davutoglu said. There had been no official Greek government reaction to Davutoglu’s comments by late last night.