Cyprus di­vided; peace talks fail

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

NICOSIA, Cyprus — High-level talks aimed at re­uni­fy­ing Cyprus have failed to reach an agree­ment, U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res de­clared to­day, again dash­ing hopes that the is­land’s 43-year eth­nic split could be healed.

Guter­res made the an­nounce­ment after marathon, U.N.-spon­sored talks con­cluded at a Swiss re­sort in the early hours of to­day.

“Un­for­tu­nately … an agree­ment was not pos­si­ble and the con­fer­ence was closed with­out the pos­si­bil­ity to bring a so­lu­tion to this dra­mat­i­cally long-last­ing prob­lem,” Guter­res told re­porters.

But Guter­res didn’t en­tirely shut the door on any re­newed, U.N.-as­sisted at­tempt to get the is­land’s Greek Cypriot Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and the leader of the break­away Turk­ish Cypri­ots Mustafa Ak­inci back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble again.

Also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the talks were Greece, Turkey and for­mer colo­nial ruler Bri­tain.

Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said the talks’ col­lapse was owed to a Greek and Greek Cypriot in­sis­tence for Ankara to pull out all of its troops from the is­land and for mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion rights to be abol­ished.

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