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