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Turkish-Cypriot Premier Appointed

December 19, 1998

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktash on Saturday asked the breakaway republic’s incumbent premier to form a new government following elections earlier this month, a news agency reported.

Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu, 60, has been heading a coalition since 1996. He was expected to begin consultations with other party leaders later Saturday on this divided island.

Turkish Cypriots, who declared their own state in 1983, insist that any solution to the division of Cyprus depends on international recognition of their state, which only Turkey recognizes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish forces invaded the northern third of the island following a short-lived coup by supporters of union with Greece.

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