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Washington shoots down Turkey’s two-state solution for Cyprus, as stand-off on disputed island intensifies


July 21, 2021

The US has rejected Ankara’s demands for a separate Turkish state on the island of Cyprus, after Turkish Cypriot authorities announced plans to defy Greece and the UN by reopening the northern border town of Varosha.

Sitting on the border between Greek and Turkish-held Cyprus, Varosha has remained abandoned since Turkish forces invaded the island in 1974 to stave off a Greek Cypriot coup. Though inside Turkish territory on the island, Varosha has served as a buffer between that territory and the Greek sector of the island, which is recognized internationally as Cyprus.

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