A barricade made of barrels is seen inside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou
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Turkey's crackdown on government opponents and the imposition of a state of emergency following the abortive military coup last week has tempered hopes of a swift settlement on divided Cyprus.Turkey provides military and financial support to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in northern Cyprus. The turbulence in Turkey has so far not touched the enclave, home to at least 30,000 Turkish troops since Ankara invaded the island 42 years ago in response to a Greek-inspired coup. Turkey's input is vital for solving the Cyprus conundrum, one of Europe's most enduring conflicts.Among others, Ankara needs to agree to a pullout of Turkish troops, adjusting military-controlled boundaries between the north and south and writing off an estimated 17 billion euros ($19 billion) it considers as Turkish Cypriot debt to Ankara.
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