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Greek Cypriot archbishop Chrysostomos II has warned Turkey about referring to Cyprus as two separate states.
The archbishop, who as the head of the Orthodox church in the Greek Cypriot-controlled southern Cyprus carries significant political influence, warned that such talk could veer the ongoing peace talks off-track.
Speaking to the Greek Cypriot Alithia newspaper, Chrysostomos said that a federation does not mean two separate states.
Expressing the stance of the Orthodox church on the negotiations, Chrysostomos said that Greek Cypriots were giving Turkish Cypriots another chance to live together, but this would only be possible under certain conditions.
Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders restarted the Cyprus peace talks in February after a two-year pause.
The island was divided down the middle, with Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south, 40 years ago when Turkey used its constitutional right as a guarantor after an armed coup aimed at uniting the island with Greece took place in 1974.
Having failed agree with the Greek Cypriots over the re-establishment of the constitutional government, the Turkish Cypriots declared the independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in 1983.
Despite Turkish Cypriots voting to reunite the island in a 2004 referendum, the refusal of the Greek Cypriots led to Cyprus being accepted into the European Union under the Greek Cypriot administration.
The TRNC remains up until this day unrecognized by anyone except Turkey.Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2014, 12:20