Conditions not yet ready for resumption of peace talks, says Greek Cyprus

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday said conditions aren't yet ready for the resumption of talks to reunify the divided island with both sides failing to see eye-to-eye on key issues regarding power sharing and security arrangements, Greek Kathimerini newspaper reported.

Efforts to restart negotiations are going through a “difficult phase,” Anastasiades said, but that he and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akıncı are working to get negotiations back on track.

Cyprus is split between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus following Turkey’s invasion of 1974. Turkey does not diplomatically recognise the Republic of Cyprus in the southern part of the island and is the only country to recognise the Turkish Cypriot republic.

Talks on reunifying the divided island broke down in July 2017 with a new round of contacts by UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Jane Hol Lute started in late 2018 in an effort to reach an agreement on the terms of reference to the resumption of talks.

On Tuesday, the United Nations hosted an informal meeting between the two leaders, in an effort to clear the air on certain issues for talks to resume, Kathimerini said.

Anastasiades and Akıncı agreed on several measures to boost confidence such as an arrangement enabling people living in Turkish north and the internationally recognized south to use their mobile telephones on either side.
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