Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cyprus Pres. Says Peace Talks at Vital Moment; Isle's Greek,Turkish Leaders Set Up 4 Meetings

President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus said today (April 15, 2017) that the Mediterranean resort island is at a vital moment in its UN-based peace process aimed at reunifying the island, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops seized its northern third of land, in response to a failed coup by Athens to annex the independent island to Greece. Turkey is the only nation that has ever recognized the Turkish-held north of Cyprus.

The current peace process -- which saw talks resume in May 2015 -- is seen by international analysts as the best hope for a lasting peace agreement.

Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have agreed to schedule four new meetings, in a new phase of talks beginning on April 20. Hopefully, the talks will lead to a harmonious unified federal republic for Cyprus.

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