Thursday 19 January 2017

Cyprus leader warns UN that time is needed to achieve reunification

Published 01/02/2016 | 20:36

Part of Cyprus is controlled by Turkey
Part of Cyprus is controlled by Turkey

Cyprus' president has warned UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon that time is needed to negotiate a deal reunifying the ethnically-split island without "deficiencies, gaps and ambiguities" that may lead Greek and Turkish Cypriots to reject it in referendums.

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Nicos Anastasiades said progress has been made on "an important number" of issues including power sharing. But he said differences remain in "all chapters" and raising expectations that a deal is "within immediate reach" should be avoided.

Mr Anastasiades made the appeal to the UN chief during a meeting last month in Davos, Switzerland, that included breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Mr Anastasiades's remarks were made in a document.

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