Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials on May 20 will resume negotiations in hopes of reunifying the island that’s been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974.
After decades of division, Cyprus will likely be reunified again within a few months, the Turkish-Cypriot negotiator in resumed talks said.
Amid optimism, Cyprus’ rival leaders are meeting at a UN compound to restart talks aimed at ending the small island nation’s four decades of division.
The Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey welcomed a decision by Cyprus’ Greek and Turkish communities to relaunch stalled talks to reunify the island.
The election of moderate Mustafa Akinci as President of the Turkish-Cypriots is giving rise optimism about a deal to reunify the island.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Greek Cypriots are at fault for a failure to negotiate talks to reunify the island.
UN envoy Espen Barth Eide says rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will pick a date for reunification talks after they meet.
UN envoy Espen Barth Eide was set to meet new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on May 4 and then Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.
New Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said he hopes he and Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades can work out a deal to reunify the island.
The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed April 29 to step up cooperation on combatting terrorism amid fears that worsening security conditions in neighboring countries such as Libya could threaten the region.