NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy says Cyprus' rival leaders have to step up, take responsibility and make the best of a peace summit aiming at a breakthrough deal reunifying the ethnically divided island.
Espen Barth Eide told a news conference Tuesday that both sides have rejected a U.N. document intended to steer talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.
In the absence of such a document, Eide said the onus is on the leaders to seize the "best chance" at solving the decades-old problem.
The summit, which gets underway Wednesday, will concentrate on how security will be handled if there is a deal on reunifying the island as a federation. Other key, unresolved issues will be discussed concurrently.