Ri­val Cypriot lead­ers agree to meet in bid to end re­uni­fi­ca­tion dead­lock

Gulf Times - - EUROPE -

A rare meet­ing be­tween ri­val Cypriot lead­ers will be ar­ranged by the United Na­tions in the com­ing days in a bid to kick-start re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks af­ter a 15-month hia­tus. Cypriot Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades said on Fri­day that the United Na­tions will ar­range a meet­ing with his Turk­ish Cypriot coun­ter­part Mustafa Ak­inci to try to end the cur­rent dead­lock. A UN-backed peace con­fer­ence col­lapsed in ac­ri­mony in Switzer­land in July 2017 and there have been no of­fi­cial ne­go­ti­a­tions since then. The last time the ri­val lead­ers tried to get the talks back on track was at an in­for­mal din­ner in April but the two men agreed to dis­agree on the way for­ward.

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