New con­fer­ence for Cyprus next month

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Ri­val lead­ers of eth­ni­cally di­vided Cyprus have re­quested that the United Na­tions lay the ground­work for a new peace con­fer­ence with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the three guar­an­tor pow­ers – Greece, Tur­key and Bri­tain – early next month.

The UN’s spe­cial en­voy, Espen Barth Eide, an­nounced the re­quest yes­ter­day, ad­ding that Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci also agreed to meet weekly this month in a bid to iron out out­stand­ing dif­fer­ences.

“They un­der­scored their strong re­solve and de­ter­mi­na­tion to main­tain the cur­rent mo­men­tum,” Eide said, re­fer­ring to last month’s con­fer­ence in Geneva which failed to clinch a deal due mainly to dis­agree­ments over post-set­tle­ment se­cu­rity ar­range­ments. Anas­tasi­ades briefed Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras yes­ter­day on the de­vel­op­ments, while For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias will meet with Eide in Athens to­mor­row.

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