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    Cyprus Negotiations Cannot Last in Current Format Endlessly – Turkish FM

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    The negotiation process on settling the Cyprus issue cannot last endlessly in the current format with the island witnessing the beginning of "other processes," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – The Turkish foreign minister also described the Greek part of the island’s attempts to develop oil and gas fields in eastern Mediterranean as "unacceptable."

    "From now on, other processes will take place in Cyprus because the negotiations cannot last endlessly. From the first day, when we [the ruling Justice and Development Party] came to power, we have always been one step ahead in the settlement of the Cyprus issue, we took all the political risks. But if the other party does not want to find a solution, then we should look for other options. Today I will go to Northern Cyprus, we will hold talks with the president, head of the parliament, leaders of political parties. We will set the roadmap, hold consultations and make a decision," Cavusoglu said at a press conference in Ankara.

    "The shelf reserves equally belong to all residents of the island," Cavusoglu noted.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when the Turkish troops entered the island. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was declared in 1983 and is recognized only by Turkey while the international community considers is as a part of the Republic of Cyprus.

    On July 7, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that a new round of the talks on the Cyprus dispute that took place in the Swiss town of Crans-Montana had ended with a failure of the parties to reach an agreement.

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