UN has 'high expectations' as Cyprus talks enter decisive phase

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (R) and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, pictured on June 2, 2016, launched intensified talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean islandThe United Nations said Wednesday it holds “high expectations” of Cyprus peace talks which have entered a new intensified phase of negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci launched intensified talks Tuesday covering the core issue of property, security and territorial adjustments. After meeting Anastasiades, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said he held “high expectations” that the coming sessions –- due to run until September 14 –- could produce a roadmap for peace.

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