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U.N. sponsored talks on reunifying Cyprus have suffered a blow after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci backed out of Thursday's meeting. The Turkish Cypriots are angered over a bill passed by the Greek Cypriot parliament ordering schools to celebrate a 1950 referendum calling Cyprus part of Greece. The vote had no legal standing at that time. Akinci says the bill must be rescinded if the talks are to continue. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades says he regrets Thursday's session has been canceled and said on Twitter he is ready to resume talks at any time. He says it was a mistake for lawmakers to pass the bill at such a sensitive time, but also said it is a shame the peace talks have been put in jeopardy over what he calls a minor issue. Cyprus has been split between a Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the island after a military coup intended to unify the island with Greece.
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The other area where a deterioration of this relationship may have a negative impact is Cyprus," Ulgen said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Ankara last week for talks. One items on her agenda was the assurance over the continuation of Turkey’s deal with the European Union to stem the flow of migrants. Analysts predict Ankara will not end the deal because of tensions with Athens, as it is one of the few sources of leverage it has over Brussels. United Nations efforts to reunite the island of Cyprus, divided between Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, could be hurt, warns columnist Idiz. "The two sides in Cyprus have brought it up to a certain point. Now they need their big brothers to iron out differences and any tensions between Turkey and Greece would automatically have a negative effect on any progress being made on Cyprus, so there is that risk," Idiz said.
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And from a rhetoric point of view, this will damage (President) Erdoğan. This will be seen as a setback to his status, his persona, as projected onto the nation.” In a statement posted online, Turkey’s foreign ministry said the two countriesmutual ties would be subject to a comprehensive review. There are fears the decision could derail the ongoing talks on Cypriot reunification. “Cyprus is one of those thorny subjects that is very important in Turkish national identity,” Abbas said. “And I think given the emboldened nature of Erdoğan, it’s going to be seen as another knock back if there is a victory for peace in this respect.” Greece — and Europe — are also reliant on Ankara to uphold the agreement struck in March last year to stop the flow of migrants from Turkish shores to the Greek islands. Turkey has threatened to tear up the deal following a dispute over visa-free travel.
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Technocrats from three NATO states wrapped up meetings on Thursday focused on security arrangements in Cyprus, seeking to break an impasse in talks over the ethnically split island, a U.N. envoy said. "The working group... successfully completed the mandate entrusted to it. Namely identifying specific questions related to the issue of security and guarantees and the instruments needed to address them," U.N. envoy for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said in a statement about the consultations, which were launched on Wednesday. The sides had agreed not to disclose details about deliberations since the process had not yet ended, he said. It was not immediately clear when the sides would meet again. Officials from Britain, Turkey and Greece as well as representatives of Cyprus's Greeks and Turks had been considering how to address security concerns in a post-settlement Cyprus if the now estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides ever reach a deal to co-govern.
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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.