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Switzerland: Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker arrive in Geneva for Cyprus talks01:21

Switzerland: Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker arrive in Geneva for Cyprus talks

Switzerland, Geneva
January 12, 2017 at 21:03 GMT -00:00 · Published

Officials including Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson arrived at the Palais des Nations in Geneva for continued talks on the reunification of Cyprus, Thursday.

Participants were joined by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as the talks reportedly near completion. Johnson was invited to the talks to act as a guarantor to the potential deal. Cyprus is a former British colony, which still hosts a large British military presence.

On Monday, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and North-Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci resumed UN-chaired negotiations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, with UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide overseeing proceedings.

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.

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Officials including Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson arrived at the Palais des Nations in Geneva for continued talks on the reunification of Cyprus, Thursday.

Participants were joined by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as the talks reportedly near completion. Johnson was invited to the talks to act as a guarantor to the potential deal. Cyprus is a former British colony, which still hosts a large British military presence.

On Monday, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and North-Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci resumed UN-chaired negotiations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, with UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide overseeing proceedings.

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.

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