UN Envoy: Cyprus Leaders Aim for Peace Deal in Switzerland

FILE - U.N. Special Advisor of the Secretary-General Espen Barth Eide, right, arrives for a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Eide he has visit the two rival leaders the Greek Cypriot Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, to support the continue the peace talks for this divided island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA (AP) — A United Nations envoy says Cyprus’ rival leaders will go to a summit in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, later this month with the “ambition” to achieving a breakthrough agreement to reunify the ethnically divided island.

Espen Barth Eide said the U.N. is preparing for the possibility that the summit starting June 28 could “last for weeks,” but it may not take that long.

He said Friday that if there’s success, more work will be needed to finalize a peace accord that will be put to a vote in both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

The summit, which will include Cyprus’ “guarantors” Greece, Turkey and Britain, will focus on post-reunification security arrangements.

Other outstanding issues will be discussed in parallel but in a separate room.

Eide said a document is now being readied to help steer negotiations.