Cyprus lead­ers to re­sume talks to­day as rift lingers

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Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci are to re­sume talks to­day as part of the lat­est United Na­tions-buffered ini­tia­tive aimed at reach­ing a set­tle­ment on the di­vided is­land.

Talks be­tween the two lead­ers are set to con­tinue un­til late March when an­other multi-party sum­mit is ex­pected to be held in Geneva.

Al­though the lat­est UN ini­tia­tive has yielded sig­nif­i­cant mo­men­tum, the two sides re­main di­vided on two thorny is­sues: for­eign guar­an­tees and the pres­ence of for­eign troops on the is­land.

In com­ments pub­lished in yes­ter­day’s Cumhuriyet, Ak­inci re­it­er­ated that he would not ac­cept a set­tle­ment that does not fore­see guar­an­tees and a cer­tain level of mil­i­tary pres­ence on the is­land. “There can be not even the slight­est change to the sys­tem of guar­an­tees from 1960 and the agree­ment es­tab­lished then, even 57 years later,” he was quoted as say­ing.

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