UN: bold steps needed to break Cyprus talks deadlock

April 27, 2012 20:32

NICOSIA - The United Nations said on Friday it wanted to re-think Cyprus's slow-moving peace process, and told leaders of the split island it would not host further talks unless there were signs they could reach concrete results.

Cyprus has been ethnically divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. The dispute, one of the oldest on the UN agenda, has been harming Turkey's decades-old bid to join the European Union.

Peace talks launched between the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities in 2008 have failed to break the impasse.

"Its clear to me and to both leaders that the negotiations have recently come to something of a standstill," said Alexander Downer, the UN special envoy for Cyprus.

"It is clear something has to change."

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