An abandoned UN outpost is seen behind the barbed wire inside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou
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Both Mustafa Akinci, the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said they don't want negotiations to completely collapse.Tensions have been running high this week following strong Turkish Cypriot protests against new legislation making the annual commemoration of a 1950 vote for union with Greece compulsory in Greek Cypriot schools.Akinci said it's up to the Greek Cypriots to get negotiations back on solid footing.Turkish Cypriots see the Greek Cypriot bid for union with Greece that culminated in a 1955-59 guerrilla campaign against British colonial authorities as being the root of the island's current woes.More than 95 percent of the majority Greek Cypriots voted in favor of union with Greece in the 1950 plebiscite which is already taught in Greek Cypriot schools.
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