U.N. says unity talks to re­sume af­ter long break

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NICOSIA | Stalled talks aimed at re­uni­fy­ing eth­ni­cally di­vided Cyprus ap­peared to be back on track Tues­day af­ter it was an­nounced ne­go­ti­a­tions will re­sume next week af­ter a nearly two-month break.

U.N. en­voy Espen Barth Eide said that the de­ci­sion to restart talks came af­ter con­sul­ta­tions with both sides and a meet­ing Tues­day be­tween U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res and Mustafa Ak­inci, the leader of the breakaway Turk­ish Cypri­ots. Mr. Ak­inci and the is­land’s Greek Cypriot pres­i­dent, Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades, are sched­uled to meet again on April 11.

Mr. Anas­tasi­ades said he hoped ne­go­ti­a­tions would fo­cus on “con­struc­tive pro­pos­als” un­der­girded by Euro­pean Union prin­ci­ples and val­ues as well as be­ing in line with EU law. The ref­er­ence ap­peared to tar­get Turk­ish de­mands to keep troops and mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion rights as part of any re­uni­fi­ca­tion ac­cord, which Greek Cypri­ots see as a threat that flouts EU norms.

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