Cyprus' Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis talks during the Eastern Mediterranean gas conference in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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European Union leaders are set to condemn Turkey's efforts to stop natural gas exploration off Cyprus ahead of a meeting next week between top EU officials and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The EU leaders, meeting in Brussels Thursday and Friday, urged Turkey to normalize ties with Cyprus, which was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece.Mainly Muslim Turkey is a candidate to join the 28-nation EU but its membership talks are at a virtual standstill, in part due to tensions over Cyprus.
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