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UN Sees Cyprus Talks In October

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades

While years of negotiations in an attempt to reunify the island of Cyprus divided by a Turkish invasion in 1974 have failed to make any headway, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades will be the latest leader to try his hand at it with United Nations officials hoping talks will resume again in October.
He will have to deal with his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, hardliner Dervis Eroglu, whose intransigence led Anastasiades’ predecessor, Communist Demetris Christofias to throw up his hands and walk away from the talks and not to seek re-election.
UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer said  that both sides want to resume peace talks but Anastasiades has been dealing with a growing economic crisis and distracted by isssues dealing with preventing the banks from going under.
Downer had earlier held separate meetings with Anastasiades and Eroglu. The two leaders had a dinner in June but didn’t talk about peace.  Downer said the fall talks are a sign they will get started in earnest. “That is the indication they are giving and obviously there is a lot of work that needs to be done between now and then,” he said.
Downer is due to meet this week with the negotiators the two sides have appointed. He was especially complimentary about Andreas Mavroyiannis, who has had a long diplomatic career.
Downer suggested that the topics to be discussed will be based on the UN’s assessment of inconclusive talks between Christofias, and Eroglu, as well as his predecessor, Mehmet Ali Talat.
The latest development on Cyprus comes after the left-wing Republican Turkish Party (CTP) won elections in the occupied part of the island. The CTP won 38.5 percent of the vote against 27.1 percent of the nationalist National Unity Party (UBP).

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