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Greece Turkey ’continues to provoke’ over Cyprus

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s prime minister says Turkey “continues to provoke” in its approach towards the ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus and that Ankara is becoming isolated internationally.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the comments Tuesday during a meeting with visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Anastasiades’ visit comes a day after efforts to restart negotiations to reunify the island hit a snag, when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Greek Cypriots had to agree Turkish Cypriots would have decision-making parity in governing the country before talks could resume.

He also said Turkey’s drilling for natural gas in waters where Cyprus’ internationally recognized government has exclusive rights would continue as long as Greek Cypriots reject a proposal to jointly run a hydrocarbons search with the breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

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