Cyprus rivals hold second day of UN talks



Cyprus rivals hold second day of UN talks United Nations: Rival Greek- and Turkish- Cypriot leaders held a second day of UN-brokered talks aiming for a breakthrough in efforts to reunite the divided Mediterranean island, officials said.

But organizers yesterday pushed back until today a planned press conference with UN leader Ban Ki-moon, Demetris Christofias, head of the internationally recognized Greek-Cypriot government, and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

Ban has attended both days of the talks, but no details of the second day of meetings at Greentree, in the New York suburbs, were given.

Alexander Downer, the UN special envoy on Cyprus, said on Sunday that the talks had been "positive, productive and vigorous."

The two sides face growing pressure from the United Nations and European Union to reach an agreement. Ban is to decide on the future of the UN efforts to bring them together at the end of the Greentree meetings.

The key sticking points have included territorial adjustments, security arrangements and property rights.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops occupied the northern third in response to an Greek-inspired coup in Nicosia aimed at union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

PTI