Cyprus talks take a buffeting as leaders fall out

PoliticsForeign Policy Tags: Cyprus, Turkey

The climate between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders deteriorated dramatically last Wednesday when a meeting was cancelled after Mustafa Akinci refused to attend. Akinci also cancelled this week's meeting and decided to attend the Islamic Conference next week, leaving no room for the United Nations to take new initiatives to host another meeting of the two leaders in the coming days.

This week's meeting had been up in the air for days following a tense meeting of the two leaders last week over a controversial vote by the Cyprus Parliament on February 10 that introduced an annual commemoration of the 1950 referendum on the island’s u...

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