Monday, May 29, 2017

UN Mediator:Cyprus "Very Close" to Unity Deal; Says Cyprus Closest to Unity Since Its 1974 Split

A United Nations official said today (May 29, 2017) that Cyprus remains "very, very close" to an agreement to reunite the ethnically-divided island despite a breakdown in talks last week, according to the ABC News website.

Espen Barth Eide, the U.N.'s special adviser on Cyprus, called off mediation efforts on May 26, following a disagreement between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on how the talks should proceed.

The two leaders also differ on the future of around 35,000 Turkish troops on the island.

But Eide said in Athens today that the talks until now had brought the prospect of federal reunification closer than ever since the island's Greek-Turkish division occurred in 1974.

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