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United Nations officials say negotiations aimed at wrapping up a reunification deal for the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus will resume next week. The adviser to the U.N. secretary general on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, described Thursday’s international conference on the island as a turning point for negotiations. For the first time over decades of off-again, on-again negotiations, he noted the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides presented maps of their preferred internal administrative borders of a newly-formed federated union of Cyprus. “It was seen by both sides as a sign that this thing is moving towards the endgame…. And I think there is a momentum now and I think that larger political developments remind us that it is probably, or quite securely, very important that we use these coming days as effectively as we can and in as constructive a spirit as possible,” Eide said.
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President of Northern Cyprus Mustafa Akinci stressed that the Turkish community in Cyprus wanted to feel secure, Friday, but that the "security of one community should not be pursued as a threat for the other community." Speaking during a press conference at the UN Palace of Nations in Geneva, Akinci’s comments come as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated earlier in the day that Turkish troops would not be withdrawn from Cyrpus unless Greek soldiers also left the island. “The point is, where can you strike the balance? How can you find the ways and means so that both communities of this beautiful island will feel safe and secure?" he asked. Akinci stated that all topics regarding the peace deal needed to be talked through without restraints: "We are here to discuss all these issues, therefore there are no taboos." Video ID: 20170113 052 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly
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The United Nations, which oversaw the talks in Geneva, says a working group will be set up to consider the security concerns of both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. The UN Secretary General says he believes a deal on reunifying the island is 'very close'. accused of violating US pollution laws.
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The United Nations, which has hosted the talks in Geneva, says a working group will be set up to consider the security concerns of both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. The UN Secretary General says he believes a deal on reunifying the island is "very close".
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Rival Cypriot leaders, along with top diplomats from Turkey, Greece and Britain, agreed Thursday to push on with efforts to reunite the divided island and end one of the world's longest-running political rows. The conference in Geneva for the first time brought together Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci with top diplomats of the three guarantor countries to discuss security and other sticking points that have blocked progress for decades. "The participants recognised that this is the time to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion," the United Nations said in a statement after the conference wrapped up late Thursday. "This is a historic opportunity that should not be missed." "The participants agreed to establish a working group at the level of deputies who will commence its work on January 18," the UN said.
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But hope does remain. So what we have here is exceptional, if you think of what this country has been like in the past. Half of this table is Turkish Cypriot and the other half, Greek Cypriot. They are drinking their traditional drink and toasting to the future of their country. This is not the last chance for peace. We, the new generation, we create the piece.
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We came here looking for soldiers. A few miles down the road, at an orthodox cemetery, there is a reminder that many lost more than their homes. Here, Greek and Turkish Cypriot archaeologists work side-by-side, digging deep trenches to find and identify people who went missing during Cyprus's atrocities.
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Abdullah was one of them. Moved north in a population exchange. You are taken from your house, from your village. You are being moved to some unknown town. Of course it was a tragedy for us. Like many people living in Morphe he was given a house that used to belong to a Greek Cypriot family.
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An international conference on the reunification of Cyprus has opened with a sense of "cautious optimism" that an agreement, which has eluded the divided Mediterranean island for more than four decades, can finally be achieved. The conference was opened by newly appointed U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Flanked by the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, Guterres told reporters in Geneva that he was encouraged by the progress being made toward a settlement. Guterres, however, lowered expectations of a quick fix, saying hard work, not miracles, will get the job done. He said participants would work for as long as it took to come up with a concrete solution acceptable to both sides. "It is my hope that there will be a breakthrough and I think that is what the people of Cyprus deserve, and I think that it is also what the world needs today,” he said.
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Half of this table is Turkish Cypriot and the other half, Greek Cypriot. They are drinking their traditional drink and toasting to the future of their country. This is not the last chance for peace.
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A few miles down the road, at an orthodox cemetery, there is a reminder that many lost more than their homes. Here, Greek and Turkish Cypriot archaeologists work side-by-side, digging deep trenches to find and identify people who went missing during Cyprus's atrocities. They have already dug out the remains of 25 people from unmarked graves.
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Like many people living in Morphe he was given a house that used to belong to a Greek Cypriot family. The Geneva talks could see the town change hands and people like Abdullah forced out.
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The south is Greek Cypriot, the north is Turkish Cypriot. In a moment we'll be live in Geneva with James Landale - first let's get a history lesson, with Paul Adams. Cyprus was once a British colony but by 1974 the Greek and Turkish sides were at war. Turkey launched an invasion, after Greek Cypriots declared a union with Greece. as many as 2000 -- 200,000 people from the north on the south were displaced.
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The Greek Cypriot south said no. And a divided island joined the European Union. In the talks in Geneva, there are still serious obstacles to be cleared.
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165,000 Greek Cypriot refugees fled to the south, 40,000 Turkish Cypriot refugees settled in the north. A new deal could see the area and a Turkish Cypriot control reduced from 36% to 29% and a return of some refugees on both sides.
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Mario was four when Turkey invaded Cyprus, his family, Greek Cypriots, lived in a village of the north of the island. Here they are on the balcony just weeks after this photo was taken Mario had become a refugee and a Turkish Cypriot family had moved into his home.
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The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have reportedly exchanged maps outlining areas of control of the island that could prove to be a significant breakthrough in settling the dispute. Cyprus has been split since 1974 after Turkey sent troops to protect Turkish communities on the island following inter-communal violence. There have been several failed attempts at a peace settlement since. SOT, Yuksel Koc, European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (German): "Today Turkey is a prison for all the people. That's why we are here today. We are protesting against this dictatorship. We are trying to explain to public that the dictatorship supports the war in Europe, it is suppressing our people, intellectuals, opposition, women, Christians, kurds, and Turkish democrats. That's why we are here today." SOT, Yuksel Koc, European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (German): "Nobody in or outside of Turkey or Kurdistan can talk openly and with courage.
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