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Turkey's premier: 'Pointless' to revive failed Cyprus talks

Turkey's prime minister on Thursday appeared to shut the door on reviving efforts to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus anytime soon after high-level talks earlier this month failed to produce a hoped-for breakthrough deal.

Binali Yildirim said it would be pointless to pick up where things left off at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, where 10 days of intensive, U.N.-facilitated negotiations collapsed on July 7.

"It is clear that there is no point to continue negotiations from where they stopped," Yildirim said during celebrations in Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north for Turkey's 1974 invasion that followed a coup aiming at union with Greece.