Erdogan, Tsipras discuss Cyprus peace talks over phone

11:06 • 10.01.17



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, on Monday exchanged views on Cyprus peace talks in a phone conversation, Anadolu news agency reports, citing a statement issued by the Turkish presidency.


The two leaders pointed out the importance of having a constructive attitude for all sides in order to attain a positive result from the negotiations in Geneva, said the statement.


Erdogan and Tsipras agreed the coming talks in Geneva could be an important opportunity for reaching a settlement.


The Cyprus reunification talks started on Monday in Geneva.


Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci said last week the reunification referendum could be held in mid-2017 pending an agreement in Geneva.


If a deal is reached on territorial changes, negotiators are expected to announce a date for a final summit between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders and three other states involved in the process as guarantor countries: Turkey, Greece, and the U.K.


Reunification talks resumed in May 2015, and both sides have repeatedly expressed optimism that a solution would be found by the end of last year.


Once a final agreement is reached, it would be put to both communities in a referendum.


A UN-brokered peace deal was approved by Turkish Cypriots in 2004 but rejected by Greek Cypriot voters.





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