Turkey insists some troops stay in any Cyprus peace deal
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Turkey toughened its stance Tuesday in talks to reunify Cyprus, insisting that it won’t sign any deal involving the withdrawal of all its troops from the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation.
At talks to end Cyprus’ 43-year ethnic divide at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made it clear that a peace accord would not include a specific, agreedupon date by which all Turkish troops would have to be pulled out.
“There will be no sunset clause ... and Turkish troops will be staying on the island because this is the demand of the Turkish Cypriots,” Cavusoglu said. “If there is anybody dreaming this, they have to wake up, there will be no sunset clause.”