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Turkey's president says Cyprus reunification deal should be based on 2-state partnership

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    Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu shake hands after a press conference and their meeting in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of ethnically divided Cyprus on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. This is Erdogan's first visit abroad since his election last month. Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) (The Associated Press)

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    Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, leaves the meeting withTurkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of ethnically divided Cyprus on Monday, Sept.1, 2014. This is Erdogan's first visit abroad since his election last month. Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. A Turkish Cypriot Declaration of Independence is recognized only by Turkey which maintains 35,000 troops there. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) (The Associated Press)

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    Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan smiles as speaks to the media during a press conference after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of ethnically divided Cyprus on Monday, Sept.1, 2014. This is Erdogan's first visit abroad since his election last month. Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. A Turkish Cypriot Declaration of Independence is recognized only by Turkey which maintains 35,000 troops there. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) (The Associated Press)

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    Turkish soldiers comprising an honor guard sing the Turkish national anthem during a welcoming ceremony for Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the ethnically divided Cyprus on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. This is Erdogan's first visit abroad since his election last month. Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. A Turkish Cypriot Declaration of Independence is recognized only by Turkey which maintains 35,000 troops there. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) (The Associated Press)

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    Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a press conference after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of ethnically divided Cyprus on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. This is Erdogan's first visit abroad since his election last month. Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. A Turkish Cypriot Declaration of Independence is recognized only by Turkey which maintains 35,000 troops there. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) (The Associated Press)

Turkey's new president says his country will only approve of a deal to reunify Cyprus if it enshrines breakaway Turkish Cypriots as equal partners in a federation with the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of uniting the island with Greece. A Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence is recognized only by Turkey, which maintains 35,000 troops there.

Peace talks resumed earlier this year. Greek Cypriots oppose a deal putting the breakaway administration on an equal footing with the government because they say it would legitimize something created through the force of arms.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remark Monday during a visit to the Turkish Cypriot north, his first trip abroad following his election last month.