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Turkey’s Davutoglu Says Aim Is United Cyprus By Second Half 2012

July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he wants an agreement on Cyprus by the end of this year, leading to a referendum on the divided island early next year and a united Cyprus by the second half of 2012, Hurriyet newspaper reported.

The referendum should be held in the first few months of 2012 and a united Cyprus should take over the rotating presidency of the European Union in the second half of the year, the newspaper cited Davutoglu as saying.

Davutoglu said Turkey wants European support to help persuade the Greek-led administration, which represents the entire island in the EU, to back a unification plan, Hurriyet said. He spoke after meeting officials in the Turkish-led north of the island, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Istanbul at bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net

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