Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci attend a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., Sept. 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume U.N.-backed reunification talks after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.It was the first time that Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci had met face-to-face since the disappointment in Switzerland last month.It has always been agreed that some of the territory currently controlled by the Turkish Cypriots will be ceded to Greek Cypriot control in any peace deal.U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide was in Athens on Friday for talks with Greek leaders that were expected to be dominated by the issue of security and guarantees. He will travel on to Ankara for talks with Turkish leaders on Monday. In 2004, a U.N.-drafted peace blueprint was approved by Turkish Cypriots but resoundingly rejected by Greek Cypriots in simultaneous referendums.
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