Saturday, July 1, 2017

UN Chief:"Clear Understanding" for Cyprus Deal; Cyprus Peace Talks Will Continue All Next Week

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said today (July 1, 2017) there is now a "clear understanding" about what is needed to reach an agreement to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus, according to the Washington Post website.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today that the recognition of the "essential elements" of a possible accord emerged from a meeting Guterres had with the rival sides during high-level peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

Guterres met yesterday with Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in an attempt to give the three-day-old talks a momentum boost.

He also met with diplomats from Cyprus' "guarantors" -- Britain, Greece and Turkey. Officials say that they are optimistic of achieving a peace deal, and that the negotiations in Geneva are likely to continue all next week.

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