Turkey calls Turk Cyrpus isolations 'crime against humanity'

Turkish foreign minister has severely criticized economic isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriots.

Turkey calls Turk Cyrpus isolations 'crime against humanity'

Turkish foreign minister has severely criticized economic isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriots as leaders on Cyprus brace to launch second round of talks to reach a settlement to end island's decades-old division.

"Forcing Turkish Cypriots to live under economic isolations is itself a crime against humanity, and we will not let this crime roll on," Ahmet Davutoglu told a televised interview with Turkish private news channel NTV.

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias have been holding peace talks since September 2008 on a renewed effort to reunite the island. A UN-sponsored peace plan in 2004 was supported by Turkish Cypriots, but rejected by the Greek side on twin referendums.

"No one should expect that Cyprus talks can last forever. We are committed on this issue. We think that a settlement must be reached with an eye to protect the interests of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey as well as the interests of the Greek Cypriot administration and the Greek Cypriot people," Davutoglu said.

The Turkish foreign minister said it was no longer possible to delay Cyprus settlement, warning that in case of a failure "we will all have to consider alternative ways."

"Trying to keep Turkey under pressure is miscalculating its power. Turkey's will to protect its interests and the interests of Turkish Cypriots is as strong as its will to reach peace," Davutoglu said.


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