Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in Nicosia

Areas in Cyprus UN-Controlled Buffer Zone untouched since 1974

Leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities are meeting in Nicosia on Monday as part of diplomatic efforts to reunify the island of Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided between the two communities since 1974 after a military coup d'état by groups who favoured union with Greece prompted Turkey to send troops to the island.

The troops established Turkish Cypriot control over the northern part of the island.

The United Nations is facilitating talks between the leaders of the two communities in order to set up a federal government with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot states of equal status.

The talks have been going on for years now with various United Nations Secretaries-General trying to help the two communities find a solution to the crisis.

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