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Greek PM warns of tension with Turkey if Cyprus talks fail
June 23, 2017 / 1:55 PM / in 6 months

Greek PM warns of tension with Turkey if Cyprus talks fail

BRUSSELS, June 23 (Reuters) - A possible failure of new peace negotiations over ethnically-split Cyprus could stir tensions between Greece and Turkey, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday.

United Nations-facilitated peace talks resume in Switzerland on June 28 in search of a peace accord to end decades of division between Greek and Turkish Cypriots of the east Mediterranean island.

“Repercussions (of a failure) will represent not just the loss of another opportunity, but possible tensions in Greek-Turkish and European relations,” Tsipras told a news conference in Brussels. “This should all be taken into account.”

Greece and Turkey have long been at odds over Cyprus, split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup. (Reporting by Renee Maltezou)

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