An Argentinean UN peacekeeper stands guard in front of the painted Turkish flag, left, and the Turkish Cypriot breakaway flag on Pentadaktilos mountain in the Turkish occupied in northern Cyprus, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders vowed to seek agreement on ending the island's four-decade division "as soon as possible," relaunching peace talks Tuesday after nearly a two-year hiatus.A breakaway state that Turkish Cypriot leaders declared in 1983 is recognized only by Ankara.Turkish Cypriots suspended the last round of talks in mid-2012 when Anastasiades' internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus assumed the European Union's rotating presidency.Cyprus joined the EU in 2004 still divided, after Greek Cypriots rejected a U.N. reunification blueprint that was approved by Turkish Cypriots.Anastasiades was one of the few Greek Cypriot politicians to back the controversial U.N. proposal.Turkey is opposed to Cyprus exporting oil and gas, saying the energy wealth also belongs to Turkish Cypriots.
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