Cyprus’ President has moved to ease fears that his handling of renewed peace talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots would scuttle chances for a fair reunification accord.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, met on Feb. 11 and laid out a blueprint that reportedly calls for Turkish-Cypriot leaders to share power, and creation of a bi-zonal federation.
Efforts to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus will recommence next week after rival Greek and Turkish Cypriots agreed to a new round of talks. The breakaway Turkish Cypriots said renewed talks became possible after both sides agreed on text of a joint declaration outlining the main principles that will guide a future accord.
European Union leaders have urged the Turks and Cypriots to set aside differences and find a way to reunify the island even though talks have broken off.
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