Cyprus president: peace talks restart in jeopardy

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2013 10:06 AM

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Greek Cypriot president of ethnically-divided Cyprus says efforts to resume reunification talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots are close to collapsing.

President Nicos Anastasiades says the two sides can't agree on the "basic principles" of how Cyprus should be reunified.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Turkish Cypriots declared independence nine years later, but only Turkey, which keeps 35,000 troops there, recognizes it. Numerous rounds of peace talks have since failed.

Anastasiades insists that a document outlining the key features of an envisioned federated Cyprus must precede any resumption of formal peace talks.

He said Wednesday that Turkish Cypriots are seeking either two separate states or a confederation made up of two sovereign states.