Cyprus President won't seek 2nd term if talks fail



Cyprus President won`t seek 2nd term if talks fail Niscosia: Cyprus' president said on Thursday that he would not seek re-election in 2013 if ongoing talks to reunify the ethnically-split island fail.

Dimitris Christofias, a Greek Cypriot, was elected in 2008 on a campaign promise to resume stalled peace talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. But there has been only limited progress after 19 months of slow-moving negotiations.

"I underline clearly: If no Cyprus settlement is reached by the end of my first term, I will not seek a second term," Christofias said during a news conference in the divided Cypriot capital.

Cyprus was divided into an internationally-recognised Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

Talat faces possible ouster in an April 18 election in the north.

Opinion polls show him trailing to a hardliner.

PTI