- Title: Talks on reuniting Cyprus resume in Switzerland
- Date: 20th November 2016
- Summary: MONT PELERIN, SWITZERLAND (NOVEMBER 20, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HOTEL LE MIRADOR RESORT IN MONT PELERIN FLAGS FLYING MEETING IN PROGRESS WITH THE TURKISH CYPRIOT DELEGATION (LEFT), INCLUDING TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADER MUSTAFA AKINCI, U.N. SPECIAL ADVISOR OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON CYPRUS, ESPEN BARTH EIDE (MIDDLE), AND THE GREEK CYPRIOT DELEGATION (RIGHT) INCLUDING GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER, NICOS ANASTASIADES U.N. SPECIAL ADVISOR OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON CYPRUS, ESPEN BARTH EIDE, SEATED AND SMILING EIDE AND THE GREEK CYPRIOT DELEGATION, INCLUDING ANASTASIADES TURKISH CYPRIOT DELEGATION, INCLUDING AKINCI, EIDE AND ANASTASIADES CAMERAMAN SECURITY STAFF CLOSING DOOR OF MEETING ROOM SIGN ON MEETING ROOM DOOR READING (English): "BOARD ROOM" VARIOUS OF HOTEL LE MIRADOR RESORT IN MONT PELERIN FLAGS FLYING VIEW OF THE CITY OF VEVEY IN SWITZERLAND
- Embargoed: 5th December 2016 09:55
- Keywords: Cyprus talks U.N. Switzerland Espen Barth Eide Greek Turkish Nicos Anastasiades Mustafa Akinci Cypriots invasion coup
- Location: MONT PELERIN, SWITZERLAND
- City: MONT PELERIN, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001598Z1VR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Talks on reuniting the divided island of Cyprus resume on Sunday (November 20) in the Swiss resort of Mont Pelerin following significant progress last week.
U.N. Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, opened the round of talks between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci.
Cyprus's 800,000 Greek Cypriots and approximately 220,000 Turkish Cypriots live on the divided island with a U.N.-patrolled ceasefire line splitting the island east to west.
The island was split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. But friction between the two sides dates back at least a decade when Turkish Cypriots pulled out of a power-sharing government at perceived attempts by Greek Cypriots to limit their say.
Anastasiades and Akinci are both moderates leading their respective communities and the negotiations are directed toward reuniting Cyprus as a loose federation of two constituent, largely self-governing states.
In addition to territorial swaps, Greek Cypriots who represent Cyprus in the European Union are adamant that a deal sees the withdrawal of Turkish forces from the island.
Thousands of Turkish troops are stationed in Cyprus's north, a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state recognized only by Ankara.
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