Nicosia rules out par­ti­tion, wants talks to re­sume

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Cyprus will never ac­cept any form of par­ti­tion, Nicosia said over the week­end 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 Satur­day 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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