Cyprus divided; peace talks fail
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.