Cyprus Says Close to Reviving Talks



cyprus-problem00Cyprus said on Wednesday, Feb 5, it was close to reviving stalled peace talks between the island’s Greek and Turkish communities, Reuters reports.
The United Nations has been toiling for months on the wording of a ‘joint statement’ to restart negotiations between the island’s two dominant groups that broke off in mid-2012.
“Important consultations are underway related to drafting a final and substantive joint statement,” said Christos Stylianides, spokesman for Cyprus’s internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades was expected to visit Athens on Thursday ahead of a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Foreign Affairs Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Friday, Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stylianidis announced on Wednesday.

Anastasiades was expected to inform the Greek government of recent developments in the ongoing efforts for a fresh round of peace talks under UN hospices regarding the island country’s future.

Negotiations have repeatedly stumbled on issues ranging from power sharing to redrawing territorial boundaries, as well as property claims of tens of thousands of displaced persons.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 following a Turkish invasion after a coup led by supporters of the island’s union with Greece.


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  1. The world turned a blind eye when the Turks unlawfully invaded the island in 70s and still occupies the northern side. Over 200,000 Greeks from the north lost their home and over 3000 Greeks died from this invasion. Where is the justice?? Why is these Turks still occupying the north?? Why is the UN, EU and the rest of the world still letting this happen??

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