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Greece urges Turkey to act constructively for Cyprus solution

02-16-2011 16:09 BJT

NICOSIA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Greek Foreign Minister Demetris Droutsas on Tuesday urged Turkey to act constructively for a solution to the decades-old Cyprus problem.

Droutsas was in Cyprus for a two-day visit for talks with Greek Cypriots before flying to London and New York.

He expressed support for a viable solution in Cyprus, adding that the Cyprus issue is "a top priority" for Athens and a precondition for the normalization of Greek-Turkish relationship.

Turkey sent troops to the eastern Mediterranean island in 1974, in response to a coup by Greek army officers. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot authorities declared breakaway and set up "the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which is recognized only by Turkey.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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