Turkish, Greek Cypriots devoted to peace, UN envoy says

Published 07.06.2016 00:00
Updated 07.06.2016 23:41

The UN's special envoy to Cyprus on Wednesday reiterated that the leaders of the island's Turkish and Greek communities were both committed to forging a peace deal by the end of the year.

Espen Barth Eide spoke after meeting Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı ahead of a scheduled meeting between Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.

"I see that both leaders are determined for peace in 2016," Eide said at a news conference in Lefkoşa. "But there is no time to lose. The upcoming weeks are important for the Cyprus talks."

Stalled reunification talks resumed in May 2015 following a previous dispute over underwater gas exploration.

The island was divided in 1974 when Turkey intervened in its role as one of the guarantors of Cypriot independence following an Athens-backed military coup.

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