Peace talks on Cyprus could start, says UN envoy

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Espen Barth Eide, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

Peace talks between leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities can resume after a six month suspension, according to a United Nations envoy.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey sent troops citing concerns for the Turkish Cypriot community after a Greek military coup.

The UN has been facilitating talks between leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to reunite the island.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The talks were suspended in October last year over a hydrocarbons crisis.

The UN Secretary-General’s Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, who is on a three-day visit to the island, told reporters in Nicosia on Tuesday that many things have changed and a lot of people have been working to remove the conditions that led to the suspension of the talks.

He said that he expects the talks to resume once elections in the Turkish Cypriot community conclude this month. 

 "The stated reasons why talks could not happen are gone, at least for the foreseeable future, and that makes it possible to prepare for the resumption of talks in a structured, results oriented and fast manner. But even more importantly than what I think about this is that I have shared this perspective with Mr. Anastasiades, representing the Greek Cypriot community and Mr. Dervis Eroglu, representing the Turkish Cypriot community, and they both agreed that the circumstances are now right." (29")

Mr Eide said that negotiating teams both on the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot side are making their own preparations for the talks.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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