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Cyprus' rival leaders attend theater play to foster trust

Political rivals on divided island of Cyprus attend theater play to foster reconciliation

Cyprus' rival leaders attend theater play to foster trust

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' rival political leaders have opted for an unusual way to drive home their mutual commitment to peace on this divided Mediterranean island.

The two leaders were attending a theater play together Monday evening, one that implores the island nation's Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities to own up to past mistakes and confront current issues.

It's a first in long-standing efforts to reunify the country, which was split along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci, are attending the play in their common hometown of Limassol, a bustling, cosmopolitan tourist resort on the island's south coast.

Updated : 2021-09-26 00:51 GMT+08:00