UN pushes for Cyprus deal before mid-year

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations began a new attempt on Monday to break a deadlock over ethnically split Cyprus as peace talks crucial to Turkey's bid to join the European Union near a deadline.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a two-day meeting with the partitioned island's rival leaders near New York City to discuss progress in talks started in 2008.
Mediators want a deal ending decades of separation between ethnic Greeks and Turks on the Mediterranean island before Greek Cypriots, who represent the whole island internationally, take over the EU presidency in July.
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