UN envoy: Cyprus leaders ready to restart peace talks

A United Nations envoy said Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will decide on the exact date when stalled talks aimed at reunifying the divided island nation will resume after they hold their first meeting next week.

Espen Barth Eide said Tuesday Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have told him that they are ready to restart peace talks quotwithout delayquot and that there’s quotno time to waste.quot

The date will be announced after the leaders meet on Monday at a dinner hosted by Eide. UN-sponsored talks are key for a settlement of the decades-old Cyprus dispute, with an ultimate goal of reunifying the island.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey intervened after a coup by Greek Cypriots aiming to unite the island with Greece.