Negotiations resume between Greek Cypriot leader and Turkish Cypriot leader

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Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide (centre) with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades (left) and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci as they resumed full-fledged negotiations on 15 May 2015. Photo: UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

The resumption of full-fledged negotiations between the Greek Cypriot leader and the Turkish Cypriot leader has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The negotiations are taking place under the facilitation of Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide.

On Friday, Mr Eide said the two leaders, Mr Akinci and Mr Anastasiades, undertook to work tirelessly to reach as soon as possible a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus question.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

The two leaders agreed that this will be a leader-led process and began elaborating their shared vision for a united federal Cyprus. Mr. Eide said this took place in a very positive and constructive atmosphere. The leaders also agreed on how they intend to spearhead the process over the coming months and will meet at least twice a month. Their next meeting will take place on Thursday, 28 May.

The Spokesperson also highlighted that as a sign of their mutual commitment, the Greek Cypriot leader and the Turkish Cypriot leader agreed to work together on a number of confidence-building measures that would mutually benefit the two communities.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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