UN moves to revive Cyprus talks

UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES: The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged all sides in Cyprus to consider resuming talks on a settlement, a year after negotiations on reuniting the Mediterranean island broke down in acrimony.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is sending a consultant, Jane Holl Lute, to Cyprus next week for consultations on whether there is a willingness to make a fresh effort after the year-long break.

Following a closed-door meeting on Cyprus, the council welcomed the appointment of Holl Lute, a former US deputy secretary for homeland security, and urged the parties to go back to the negotiating table.

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The council called on the sides “to engage meaningfully with the UN consultations to seize the opportunity they represent to urgently build on the progress achieved towards a bizonal, bicommunal federal solution to the Cyprus issue,” said Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog, who holds the council presidency.

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Talks on reunifying Cyprus broke down in July last year when Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders failed to agree on compromises concerning power-sharing and security arrangements for the island.

The UN-brokered negotiations in Switzerland had been billed as the best hope in decades to resolve the Cyprus issue, one of the world’s longest frozen conflicts.

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Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the northern third of the island in response to a Greek military junta-sponsored coup.

Thousands of Turkish troops remain stationed in the north and Nicosia remains the world’s last divided capital.

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