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Topic - Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
The discovery of vast reserves of oil and natural gas off the coast of Cyprus has ignited hope for stalled talks to reunify the Mediterranean island, which is split into an internationally recognized ethnic-Greek south and an ethnic-Turkish north.
Any deal to unite the Greek and Turkish halves of Cyprus would require hundreds of thousands of Turkish settlers to leave the island nation, Cyprus' foreign minister said.
"I think that there will not be any foreign companies that will put in danger their credibility and prestige by engaging in illegal activities," she said.
She said she has not seen any change in the posture of the Turkish-Cypriot side that would give her reason for hope.