Greek and Turkish Cypriot Leaders to Resume Peace Talks

Leaders from both Cyprus’ Turkish and Greek side will now meet to discuss the resumption of peace talks led by the United Nations starting Tuesday. 

The three-day summit in Geneva will see Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar pushing for his proposed two-state solution to resolve the dispute with the Greek Cypriots in the south since their split in 1974.

“I’m going there (Geneva) to put forth my new vision. My new vision is two sovereign states living side-by-side in a good, neighbourly relationship, to cooperate in any way, to promote welfare for all Cypriots,” Tatar told Reuters. 

“When I say two states, I obviously mean the recognition of the Turkish Cypriots. We are as sovereign as the Greek Cypriots,” he added. 

Meanwhile Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades earlier said the Greek Cypriot side will attend the meeting “with determination and political will.”

“Hopefully, the other side will also attend with the same will, the same consideration, because a divergence will not just be against Greek Cypriots but also against Turkish Cypriots,” he added.

The guarantor nations of Turkey, Greece and Britain will also be present at the informal talks. 

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