Turkey insisted Thursday the political climate was ripe to end the dispute over the decades-old division of Cyprus, as part of Ankara’s renewed push to join the European Union.

“The (February) election of Mr.(Nicos) Anastasiades as the new president of the new Greek Cypriot administration itself is a great opportunity because he was the leading supporter of the Annan plan back in 2004 which would resolve the Cyprus problem, which would reunite the island,” Turkey’s European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis told AFP in Vilnius

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