Cyprus reunification negotiations continue
NBC News — Representatives of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon thursday as the U.N. looks to speed up talks on reunification. The two sides have stepped up their contact since Ban warned in New York last november that serious differences remain on the issue of reunification. Leaders of the estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities have been locked in rounds of negotiations to reunify Cyprus for almost four years.
Reports released wednesday suggested the U.N. chief would seek a peace deal within a year, signaling growing frustration with the slow process. The Mediterranean island of Cyprus split after Turkish troops invaded the northern third of Cyprus in 1974 in response to a Greek Cypriot coup seeking union with Greece.