20 Apr 2009

Hardliners win Turk Cypriot vote

11:41 am on 20 April 2009

Turkish Cypriot hardliners have swept to victory in elections in northern Cyprus.

The result could hamper peace talks essential to Turkey's ambitions of European Union membership.

Turkish and Greek Cypriots began peace talks in 2008 aimed at creating a state based on two zones that have existed since 1974.

The National Unity Party has won 44% of the vote, giving it an outright majority in the 50 seat parliament. The UBD advocates a two-state settlement on Cyprus and not a federal model now being discussed.

The ruling Republican Turkish Party took 29.25% of the vote.

Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 after a brief coup by Greek Cypriots seeking union with Greece.