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Turkish PM Expresses Hope Cyprus Conflict to Be Resolved in 2016

© Sputnik / Boris BabanovView of the Limassol city in the Cyprus
View of the Limassol city in the Cyprus - Sputnik International
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed hope Monday that the Cyprus conflict would be resolved this year.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – According to the Turkish minister, Ankara and London have "ideal cooperation."

"I hope that this year, with support of the United Kingdom as a guarantor state, the resolution of the Cyprus problem will be reached," Davutoglu said before his meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

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Cyprus has been partitioned since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied its northern part and proclaimed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) nearly a decade later. Only Turkey recognizes the TRNC, also known as Northern Cyprus.

Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom have been guarantors of Cyprus' independence since 1960.

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