Friday 30 September 2016

Greek foreign minister cuts short summit trip over Turkey - official

Published 16/07/2016 | 00:30

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias arrives for the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM11) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 15 July 2016. REUTERS/Wu Hong/Pool
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias arrives for the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM11) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 15 July 2016. REUTERS/Wu Hong/Pool

Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias cut short his visit to the Asia-Europe summit in Mongolia on Friday due to unfolding developments in Turkey, a Greek government official said.

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Turkey's military said in a statement earlier on Friday that it had taken power to restore order and democratic rights.

President Tayyip Erdogan and other government officials have described the coup as an attempt by a small faction within the military to seize power, saying it would be defeated.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has discussed the situation in Turkey with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, the official said.

Cyprus was split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief Greek inspired coup.

A Turkish Cypriot enclave in the north of the island is recognised only by Ankara, and the two sides are now engaged in reunification talks.

By late Friday evening, crossings between the north and the south of the island, supervised in part by Turkish Cypriot police under the command of the Turkish military, was unobstructed, a Reuters witness said.

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