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