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Thursday, July 15, 1999 Published at 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK


World: Europe

Turkey parliament session on Cyprus


The Turkish government has again said that further talks on the future of Cyprus will not take place unless the breakaway Turkish Cypriot republic in the north of the island gets international recognition.

The statement was made during a special session of parliament in Ankara, which was addressed by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash. He said talks can only be held if the self-proclaimed Turkish Cypriot state is granted equal status to the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government. The American Defence Secretary, William Cohen, who's visiting Turkey, urged both sides to resume dialogue without preconditions.

He said the division of the island was unacceptable.

But the BBC correspondent in Ankara says Turkey believes that sooner or later the international community will have to accept the reality of a divided Cyprus.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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