Cyprus’ rival leaders in push to start peace talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ rival leaders will meet next week in an informal, face-to-face attempt to clear up obstacles blocking the resumption of talks aiming to reunify the ethnically split island.
A statement late Thursday said Cyprus’ Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Dervis Eroglu, leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, have agreed to meet Monday to finalize a roadmap for the peace talks.
Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. The meeting will take place at a restaurant in the United Nations-controlled buffer zone splitting the island.
Months of preliminary talks on a definition of how Cyprus will be reunified before formal peace negotiations get underway have so far proved fruitless.