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UN envoy to host dinner for Cyprus leaders

TAGS: Cyprus, Diplomacy

A United Nations envoy will host a dinner for ethnically divided Cyprus' rival leaders in a bid to get stalled reunification talks going again.

A UN statement said Wednesday's dinner will be held inside the UN-controlled buffer zone. The zone separates the island's breakaway, Turkish Cypriot north and the internationally recognized, Greek Cypriot south.

The island was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

The dinner will be the first time Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades will meet face-to-face since talks deadlocked.

Negotiations at a Swiss resort hit an impasse last month amid disagreements over how many people would be eligible to reclaim homes in zones each side will control in an envisioned federation.

[AP]

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