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Erdogan Vows to Keep Turkish Troops in Cyprus as Talks Stall

  • Hurdles remain over security guarantees and property rights
  • Negotiations will continue at technical level on Jan. 18
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to keep troops in Cyprus as future security arrangements turned into the biggest obstacle to a deal on reunifying the Mediterranean island after more than four decades.

Talks on a landmark accord will resume next week after top officials from Cyprus, Greece and Turkey failed to reach an agreement in Geneva. Hurdles also remain over property rights and a rotating presidency for a proposed federal state. Negotiations on Jan. 18 will be at a technical level to seek proposals to resolve the differences and comments from Turkey and Greece suggest there’s plenty of work to do.