Turkey in­sists some troops stay in any Cyprus peace deal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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.”

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