Cyprus peace talks in­ten­sify

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Peace talks to re­unify the Mediter­ranean is­land na­tion of Cyprus in­ten­si­fied Mon­day as ri­val ne­go­tia­tors pored over doc­u­ments out­lin­ing each side’s stances on a raft of is­sues, in­clud­ing the thorny is­sue of se­cu­rity. As a sec­ond week of talks be­gan Mon­day at a Swiss re­sort, of­fi­cials were try­ing to crack the is­sues that have blocked an ac­cord since Cyprus was di­vided in 1974 when Tur­key in­vaded af­ter a coup mounted by sup­port­ers of union with Greece.

As well as try­ing to come up with a set of pro­pos­als to ad­dress the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for a re­uni­fied Cyprus, of­fi­cials have a host of other is­sues to dis­cuss, in­clud­ing how power will be shared be­tween the Greek Cypri­ots and the Turk­ish Cypri­ots and how much ter­ri­tory each side will ad­min­is­ter.

Greek Cypriot Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Mustafa Ak­inci, the leader of the break­away Turk­ish Cypri­ots, are joined at Crans-Mon­tana by top diplo­mats from Cyprus’ ‘guar­an­tors’ — Greece, Tur­key and Bri­tain — whose in­put is piv­otal to any agree­ment. Greek For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias said all sides are aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to strike a deal that would al­low Cyprus to be­come what U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res re­ferred to as a “nor­mal state.” Of­fi­cials said Guter­res’ pres­ence at the talks last week helped nudge the process for­ward af­ter sev­eral days when progress was slow.

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