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Switzerland: Referendum is ‘best chance’ for a united Cyprus - UN Special Advisor03:24

Switzerland: Referendum is ‘best chance’ for a united Cyprus - UN Special Advisor

Switzerland, Geneva
January 13, 2017 at 23:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Now is the “best chance” for the heads of Cyprus to find an agreement, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, stated in Geneva on Friday, after reunification talks this week ended without a definitive conclusion.

Eide advised the leaders of the divided island to “use the best of the momentum that still exists, while it still exists," in order to reach an agreement. The Special Advisor acknowledged that this would not be an easy task, but still believes it is possible. He explained that the final decision will be made by the people, when Greek and Turkish Cypriots vote in a referendum on the reunification of the island.

Cyprus was partitioned between ethnic Greeks and Turks in 1974, separated by a UN buffer zone. According to Eide, both respective leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, are aware that they need to take “the interest of the other community into account” if they want to achieve a positive outcome in the talks.

Switzerland: Referendum is ‘best chance’ for a united Cyprus - UN Special Advisor03:24
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Now is the “best chance” for the heads of Cyprus to find an agreement, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, stated in Geneva on Friday, after reunification talks this week ended without a definitive conclusion.

Eide advised the leaders of the divided island to “use the best of the momentum that still exists, while it still exists," in order to reach an agreement. The Special Advisor acknowledged that this would not be an easy task, but still believes it is possible. He explained that the final decision will be made by the people, when Greek and Turkish Cypriots vote in a referendum on the reunification of the island.

Cyprus was partitioned between ethnic Greeks and Turks in 1974, separated by a UN buffer zone. According to Eide, both respective leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, are aware that they need to take “the interest of the other community into account” if they want to achieve a positive outcome in the talks.

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