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UN’s New Cyprus Envoy Meets Turkish Officials Over Reunification

NICOSIA – No one’s succeeded yet but another United Nations Special Envoy for Cyprus, Colombian diplomat Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar met in Turkey with Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan about the problem of reunifying Cyprus.

The island was split during two unlawful 1974 Turkish invasions that has seen Turkish-Cypriots occupy the northern third and its hardline leader Ersin Tatar has rejected reunification and insisted on UN recognition for the occupied side.

It wasn’t said what was discussed with Fidan on her first visit to the Turkish capital after her appointment in January, and after firsts going to Cyprus to meet with Tatar and Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides.

She is charged with reporting to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres whether there is willingness by both sides to resume talks that broke off in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.

She’ll have her work cut out for her as Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot side don’t want to talk about reunification, only permanent partition and a two-state solution and have given her six months to find a solution.

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