Cyprus leaders agree to seek peace again, but ‘disagreements persist’

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Leaders of ethnically split Cyprus agreed on Friday to pursue efforts to resume peace talks, although one side said serious disagreements remained in resolving one of the world’s most enduring conflicts.

South Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and North Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci pose during a meeting in the buffer zone of Nicosia airport, Cyprus, August 9, 2019.

In their first meeting since February, Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said they had a constructive exchange of views and would continue to work with a United Nations envoy.

“They decided to continue engaging in the efforts undertaken … with the determination to finalize the terms of reference that would enable structured and results-oriented negotiations leading to a settlement with a sense of urgency,” a U.N. statement issued on behalf of the two said.

Recent natural gas discoveries in the sea area surrounding the island have brought the issue into sharper focus, with Turkey disputing the right of the island to explore for gas.

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The last round of U.N.-sponsored negotiations collapsed in 2017 over the role of Turkey in a post-settlement Cyprus.

“I must admit that disagreements persist on serious issues, but there is also a consensus that without dialogue these differences cannot be bridged,” Anastasiades told journalists after the meeting.

EU member South Cyprus and Turkey have argued for years over the ownership of fossil fuels in the Mediterranean. Ankara says that areas Cyprus claims encroach on its own continental shelf and that in other cases Turkish Cypriots are entitled to a share of the resources.

It has dispatched two drill vessels to conduct operations east and west of Cyprus. The move prompted the EU to suspend talks with Turkey on a comprehensive air transport agreement and to freeze any high-level dialogue with Ankara.

Anastasiades said he was willing to keep Akinci informed on energy developments of Cyprus, but said a proposal from the Turkish Cypriot side for a committee to jointly administer hydrocarbons was not possible.

Activities in an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) was a sovereign competency of a state and not a commission, he said.

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5 comments

Fevzi Galatyali Hussein
Fevzi Galatyali Hussein August 11, 2019 at 10:29 am

One can always agree to seek peace but no two Cypriot politicians will ever find it

Kerim Kuyucu
Kerim Kuyucu August 11, 2019 at 6:31 am

Oh give it a rest

David Maddie
David Maddie August 10, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Many Dinner parties will lead nowhere

Omer Hassan
Omer Hassan August 10, 2019 at 8:12 pm

David Maddie yes it will it going to make them fat. 😭😂😂😂. Buch of time wasters

Ali Yussuf
Ali Yussuf August 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm

What is the point of talking they been talking fucking 5years why waste time thats what greeks want and MR AKINCI elections soon please dont waste the turkish cypriots time

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