"Turkish PM vows to seek Cyprus deal
Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:54 AM GMT
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to work towards a peace settlement on the divided island of Cyprus, which has threatened to veto Ankara's drive to join the European Union.
'We have to take steps to make Cyprus an island of peace. We will work with sincerity, we will overcome this problem,' Erdogan told a gathering of Turkish businessmen on Friday.
He said Turkey's aim was to protect the rights of the island's minority Turkish Cypriots, not to 'defeat' the majority Greek Cypriots with which Ankara has no diplomatic relations."
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