Cyprus talks resume after two-year lull

Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders meet in Nicosia on Tuesday to restart talks on ending the island’s four-decade division following a nearly two-year break after agreeing on a UN-brokered road map.

The deadlock broke as Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu accepted a draft communique over the weekend that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiadis had approved.

On Monday, the European Commission welcomed Turkey’s support for a fresh round of negotiations.

“We appreciate Turkey’s support in recent weeks to help relaunch talks between the two sides” in Cyprus, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said after meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels.