Monday, January 9, 2017

Historic Talks Begin in Geneva to Reunite Cyprus; Cyprus,Greece,Turkey Leaders Seek to Attain Aim

Leaders from Cyprus have begun three days of meetings in Geneva, Switzerland with the aim of reuniting the island after decades of division, the Euro News website reports today (January 9, 2017).

Mustafa Akinci, the northern Cyprus leader, and President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasides, are hoping to succeed where others have failed in the past 42 years.

Senior UN Envoy Espen Barth Eide told a news briefing, "It's [Cyprus's reunification is]  going to be difficult, but possible."

The presidents of both Greece and Turkey are expected to travel to Geneva later this week to take part in the talks. Alexis Tsipras of Greece and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have already spoken on the phone to stress the need for constructive talks if there is to be a positive outcome.

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