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Turkey sees turning point in failed Cyprus summit

Turkey hopes for British support as it takes on a more hawkish posture on the Cyprus conflict, risking fresh tensions with the European Union.
A picture taken from the Greek-Cypriot side of the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia on April 24, 2021, shows metal flags of Turkey (L) and the self-declared Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC), recognized only by Ankara, above the Turkish-controlled side of the divided capital.

Few were surprised that a UN-sponsored summit failed to jumpstart settlement talks on the Cyprus conflict last week, but Turkey sees the meeting as a “turning point” in reshuffling the cards and upping the ante on the long-divided Mediterranean island.

The most intriguing aspect of the April 27-29 meeting in Geneva was perhaps the attitude of Britain amid signals that it might readjust its Cyprus policy in a way more favorable to the Turkish side. Britain, along with Turkey and Greece, is a guarantor state of Cyprus, which has been divided along ethnic lines since Turkey’s military intervention in 1974 in response to a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at uniting the island with Greece.

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