ATHENS (Sputnik) – Anastasiades and Northern Cyprus leader Mustafa Akinci started the latest round of UN-led talks in Geneva on Sunday. After the talks broke off on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the negotiating sides on Wednesday that they should not let "this historic opportunity slip."
Cyprus has been partitioned since 1974, when Turkey occupied the island's north, later proclaiming the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Turkey maintains military presence in TRNC, which is only recognized by Ankara as an independent state.
Anastasiades stressed on Wednesday that all territory issues must be resolved first, before the sides can proceed with the final phase of the reunification talks, and that security issues must not be tied to the territorial ones.
Anastasiades and Akinci have been involved in the UN-led reunification talks since May 2015.