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Cypriot negotiators visit Ankara, Athens

February 27, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Greek-Cypriot negotiator has held talks in Turkey while his Turkish-Cypriot counterpart met officials in Greece as part of revived peace efforts to reunify the divided island.

Thursday’s simultaneous visits to Ankara and Athens aim to engage Turkey and Greece more directly and to increase confidence between the sides. The new talks were launched this month after the sides outlined their vision of a federation.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by Greek Cypriots who aimed to unite the island with Greece. Turkey backs the northern breakaway Turkish Cypriot state but has no formal ties with the internationally-recognized Greek Cypriot government in the south.

Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stylianides said it’s hoped the meeting in Ankara would be the first “of many more.”.

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