An ad­mis­sion

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It was with raw sin­cer­ity that Turkey’s for­eign min­is­ter, Mev­lut Cavu­soglu, tried to put an end to any ex­pec­ta­tions that ex­isted for reach­ing a res­o­lu­tion of the Cyprus ques­tion – not only in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, but also in the long-term. Cavu­soglu said in no un­cer­tain terms that any­body en­vis­ag­ing a re­moval of Turk­ish troops as part of any agree­ment to re­unify the eth­ni­cally-di­vided is­land is “dream­ing” and should “wake up.” Ad­her­ing to long-held Turk­ish poli­cies with re­gard to Cyprus, he “ad­mit­ted” – when pressed by Greek For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias to ex­plain why Ankara in­sists on the need for it to re­tain rights of mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion – that troops must re­main on the is­land in order for Ankara to use them as it sees fit. He also said they will re­main there in­def­i­nitely un­til the Turk­ish Cypri­ots feel safe. In other words, Turkey has no plans to leave Cyprus. Now at least the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity can see who is re­spon­si­ble for the per­pet­u­a­tion of this decades­long prob­lem. Not that it wasn’t known be­fore.

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