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Turkish Cypriot leader meets UN envoy on Cyprus talks

Mustafa Akinci and Jane Holl Lute hold 'detailed and fruitful' meeting

17.12.2018
Turkish Cypriot leader meets UN envoy on Cyprus talks

By Murat Demirci

LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci held on Monday a "detailed and fruitful" meeting with the UN special envoy on Cyprus talks.

The meeting between Akinci and Jane Holl Lute at the presidential place in Lefkosa, -- which was closed to press -- lasted for around two hours.

Speaking after the meeting, Turkish Cypriot presidential spokesman Baris Burcu said both sides held a “detailed and fruitful meeting” and will meet again on Tuesday.

Lute, who arrived on the island for consultations with both sides as part of the resumption of Cyprus talks, held a meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday.

Cyprus has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including the latest initiative in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece, and Britain collapsing last year.

The UN has sought a peace deal to unite Cyprus under a federal umbrella that could also define the future of Europe's relations with Turkey, a key player in the conflict.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks, and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.

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