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Nationalist wins Cyprus election, sparking concern about peace talks

Hardline nationalist Dervis Eroglu won Sunday's Cyprus election, but his victory in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus could stall fragile peace talks and harm Turkey's troubled bid to join the European Union.

Cyprus election: Hardline leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Dervis Eroglu celebrates his victory at the party headquarters in Nicosia, in the Turkish-administered northern part of Cyprus, Sunday.

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Sunday’s presidential election in Northern Cyprus, won by a hardline nationalist, could send ripples far beyond the divided island’s territory by stalling fragile peace talks and harming Turkey’s troubled bid to join the European Union, analysts say.

According to unofficial results, hardline leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Dervis Eroglu won the election in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a country only recognized by Ankara.

Mr. Eroglu had said that if elected he would revisit ongoing reunification talks that have been conducted by the outgoing president, Mehmet Ali Talat, for the past two years.

Mr. Talat, leader of the left-leaning Republican Turkish Party (CTP), supports reunification of the island, which has been split into Greek and Turkish sides since 1974. Eroglu, currently Northern Cyprus’s Prime Minister, has said he would like to see a two-state confederation, something the Greek Cypriots oppose.

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