Turkey's Bagis does not rule out annexation of N. Cyprus

Ankara would consider annexing the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus if talks between Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders aimed at reunifying the island fail to yield a settlement, Turkey’s European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis has told a Turkish-Cypriot newspaper.

In comments published in Kibris on Sunday, Bagis said there were several “options on the table.”

“Reunification under a deal that the two leaders could reach, creation of two independent states after an agreement between the two leaders if they are unable to reach a deal for reunification, or annexation of the KKTC to Turkey,” Bagis said, referring to the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus by its acronym.

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