UN Security Council backing for reunifying Cyprus is “encouraging,” although no deal is in sight, Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide said.
Turkish-Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci said his country’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus was “war,” not a “peace operation”.
Cyprus’ once-ruler, Great Britain, is willing to give up large parts of bases on the island if a reunification deal is signed.
Britain’s Foreign Minister says better cooperation with Cyprus on sharing information about security threats is paying off.
The rival leaders of Cyprus mustn’t the chance to reunify slip away, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.
Plans to reunify Cyprus would include Turkish-Cypriots sharing in the government, although there’s a over a rotating Presidency.
Rival Cypriot leaders said they want any prospective deal to reunify the island to be based on European Union principles and values.
Turkish analysts are urging caution as to unify Cyprus, divided since an unlawful 1974 Turkish invasion, have brought optimism.
Cyprus says it’s the only bailed-out country in the 19-country Eurozone to support Greece’s demand for restructuring its massive debt.
The next phase of reunification talks between Cypriots and their Turkish counterparts will aim to build trust that has been lacking for decades.