Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Greek,Turkish Leaders of Cyprus Meet for Unity; UN Envoy: It's Best Chance for Unity Since 1974

Rival Cyprus leaders meet today (June 28, 2017) to resume efforts to solve one of the world's longest-running political crises in what the island's UN envoy billed as the "best chance" for peace, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

The make-or-break talks in Geneva, Switzerland are geared towards ending the decades-old division of the island and striking a lasting deal between its Greek- and Turkish-speaking communities.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops seized the northern third of the island in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking to unite Cyprus with Greece.

UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said today he was confident of the talks: "It's a unique opportunity because after all of these decades of division it is possible to solve," he told reporters in Geneva.

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