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Great Britain Says It Backs Cyprus “Come Hell or High Water”

November 30, 2016

NICOSIA — Britain’s Foreign Secretary says the U.K.’s support for Cyprus amid talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island remains “rock solid.”

Boris Johnson said after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades Wednesday that “come hell or high water, we are there for Cyprus now and in the future.”

He said the U.K. is “very impressed” with progress made in negotiations, and pledged “to be useful if we can” in the process.

A 1974 Turkish invasion that followed a coup aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece split the island.

Intensive talks between Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci deadlocked last week amid a disagreement about how many people would be eligible to reclaim homes and property in zones each side will control in an envisioned federation.

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