Cyprus talks to con­tinue on is­land af­ter Swiss ex­change

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United Na­tions-buffered talks aimed at re­uni­fy­ing Cyprus are due to re­sume on the is­land this week fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions be­tween Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci in Switzer­land yes­ter­day.

The talks over the week­end fo­cused on the thorny is­sue of ter­ri­tory which must be re­solved be­fore the talks can progress to another sen­si­tive area, that of guar­an­tees.

Greek Prime Min­is­ter and Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan dis­cussed the progress in the lat­est Cyprus peace drive dur­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion late on Fri­day night, Tsipras’s of­fice said.

In com­ments last week, af­ter re­ceiv­ing Anas­tasi­ades in Athens, Tsipras had stressed the need for Turk­ish forces to with­draw from the oc­cu­pied north of the is­land and for an end to the “anachro­nis­tic” sys­tem of for­eign guar­an­tees.

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