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CRITICAL INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT

Geneva meeting on Cyprus

 

July 2017

Peace talks on divided Cyprus are to resume in Geneva on June 28, the United Nations said last week, ending a stalemate on procedure which had threatened to derail two years of negotiations.

Talks between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had stalled last month in disagreement over the modalities of a conference in Geneva including Britain, Turkey and Greece and which would address security issues on a post-settlement Cyprus.

Both leaders met with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres two weeks ago in New York and agreed to resume talks. They will both travel to Geneva for the negotiations at the end of this month, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, along with Greece, Turkey and Britain as guarantor powers, and the European Union as an observer.

Cyprus was split in a Turk-ish invasion in 1974, triggered by a brief Greek junta -inspired coup.

Security issues related to the presence of up to 30,000 troops in the breakaway north of the island are a key sticking point in talks. Greek Cypriots perceive their ongoing presence post-settlement as a threat, while Turkish Cypriots say the troops are necessary for their security.

Greek Cypriots will argue, the guarantor system of the 60's is no longer necessary because Cyprus is now a member of the European Union, which has its own dispute resolution mechanisms. They also say the United Nations can offer a fairer and more effective mechanism that will oversee the implemetation of the agreed solution.

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