The Greek Cypriot president says the withdrawal of about 30,000 Turkish troops from Cyprus serves as a precondition for any agreement to reunify the Mediterranean island. Nicos Anastasiades said there "must" be an agreement "on the withdrawal of the Turkish army." He made the remarks at a press conference in Geneva on Friday.
Leaders of Cyprus' ethnic Greek and Turkish communities have been engaged in reunification talks in the Swiss city since January 9.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, ruled out a complete withdrawal of the troops. Erdogan said such a move was "out of the question." He added, in televised comments, that the Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus and Athens "still have different expectations" on resolving the decades-long dispute. Turkish Cypriots "are working intensely and bring sincerity," he added.