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UN chief visits Cyprus to boost peace talks

UN chief visits Cyprus to boost peace talks

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is travelling to Cyprus in a bid to re-energize slow-moving talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island.
Ban arrives Sunday for a 36-hour visit to personally lend support to talks between the island's Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.
Christofias and Talat have achieved only marginal progress in 17 months of negotiations. But Ban is expected to announce that the two leaders have achieved significant progress on the key issue of power-sharing during stepped-up talks this month.
Cyprus was divided into a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a brief coup by supporters of union with Greece.


Updated : 2021-07-26 01:18 GMT+08:00