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Switzerland: Kurds rail at Erdogan outside UN as Cyprus talks continue02:27

Switzerland: Kurds rail at Erdogan outside UN as Cyprus talks continue

Switzerland, Geneva
January 12, 2017 at 00:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of pro-Kurdish demonstrators gathered to rally outside the Palais de Nations in Geneva on Thursday, as Turkish diplomats joined an international conference on securing a peace settlement in Cyprus.

Protesters denounced Erdogan's "dictatorship" and demanded that the EU impose sanctions against the Turkish government. The protests were aimed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who delegated Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to attend the conference.

Cavusoglu was joined by Northern Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci and President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, alongside other European foreign ministers in Geneva to take part in the ongoing negotiations on a peace deal for Cyprus.

On Monday, Anastasiades and Akinci resumed UN-chaired negotiations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, with UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide overseeing proceedings.

The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have reportedly exchanged maps outlining areas of control of the island that could prove to be a significant breakthrough in settling the dispute.

Cyprus has been split since 1974 after Turkey sent troops to protect Turkish communities on the island following inter-communal violence. There have been several failed attempts at a peace settlement since.

Switzerland: Kurds rail at Erdogan outside UN as Cyprus talks continue02:27
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Hundreds of pro-Kurdish demonstrators gathered to rally outside the Palais de Nations in Geneva on Thursday, as Turkish diplomats joined an international conference on securing a peace settlement in Cyprus.

Protesters denounced Erdogan's "dictatorship" and demanded that the EU impose sanctions against the Turkish government. The protests were aimed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who delegated Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to attend the conference.

Cavusoglu was joined by Northern Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci and President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, alongside other European foreign ministers in Geneva to take part in the ongoing negotiations on a peace deal for Cyprus.

On Monday, Anastasiades and Akinci resumed UN-chaired negotiations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, with UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide overseeing proceedings.

The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have reportedly exchanged maps outlining areas of control of the island that could prove to be a significant breakthrough in settling the dispute.

Cyprus has been split since 1974 after Turkey sent troops to protect Turkish communities on the island following inter-communal violence. There have been several failed attempts at a peace settlement since.

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