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Turkey's PM: Up to Greek Cypriots to push peace talks on

  • Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, speak to the media during a press conference in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Yildirim is in the breakaway north part of the island for a one-day visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, speak to the media during a press conference in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Yildirim is in the breakaway north part of the island for a one-day visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A personal security guard stands in front of the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, during a press conference in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Yildirim is in the breakaway north part of the island for a one-day visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A personal security guard stands in front of the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, during a press conference in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Yildirim is in the breakaway north part of the island for a one-day visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim adjust the microphone during a press conference after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Yildirim is in the breakaway north part of the island for a one-day visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim adjust the microphone during a press conference after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Yildirim is in the breakaway north part of the island for a one-day visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's prime minister says Greek Cypriots need to fix their "'mistake" of legislating the schoolroom commemoration of a 1950 referendum that called for Cyprus' union with Greece if stalled talks to reunify the ethnically split island are going to move forward.

Binali Yildirim says Greek Cypriots believe they're "the sole owners" of the island and should accept breakaway Turkish Cypriots as equal partners in an aimed-for federation. Yildirim was speaking Thursday after talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Yildirim is scheduled to address a rally later in support of a 'yes' vote for expanding the Turkish president's powers in a referendum next month. Turkish officials have said some 100,000 voters in Cyprus' breakaway north are eligible to vote in the referendum.