Leaders convene to revive Cyprus negotiations

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades met as part of Cyprus peace talks intended to reunify the ethnically divided island.

The meeting began at 10: 05 a.m. at the UN Good Offices Mission at buffer zone in Nicosia. United Nations envoy for Cyprus, Norway’s Espen Barth Eide and special representative of the UN secretary-general in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenheim were also ready at the meeting.

Negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus were suspended in October of last year following a unilateral decision by the Greek side, after Turkey sent a vessel to search for natural gas inside what Greek Cyprus considers to be its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Cyprus was split in 1974 after Turkey intervened when a Greek Cypriot military junta removed a civilian government with the aim of uniting the island with Greece. Greek Cyprus enjoys international recognition, while Turkish Cyprus is recognized only by Ankara.