International community welcomes the restart of Cyprus talks

The international community welcomed on February 11 2014 the renewal of negotiations on a Cyprus settlement, under the auspices of the United Nations and expressed support to the joint statement agreed by the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Dervish Eroglu. President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, along with Britain, US, France and Denmark commented over the restart of Cyprus peace talks.

The island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third. A meeting earlier today in Nicosia between the two community leaders, Cyprus, marked the resumption of the stalled UN-led peace talks. The negotiators of the two sides will meet later this week to begin their discussions, with a view at finding a mutually acceptable agreement that will be put to separate referenda.

Nicos Anastasiades is expected to speak on February 12 at a news conference about the joint statement, which is based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality.

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