Cyprus has been divided since 1974 (Photo: European Commission)

No early recognition of Cyprus, says Turkey

Turkey has ruled out recognition of the divided island of Cyprus until there is a peace settlement and said that agreeing to extend a customs agreement to all 25 member states of the EU would not mean official recognition of Cyprus.

Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined this position after a meeting with his British counterpart Tony Blair in London on Wednesday (27 July).

"There will be no change on the recognition question until there is a settlement", said Mr Erdogan in...

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