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Cyprus president eases concerns over handling of renewed talks to unify divided island
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:27 PM EST
Cyprus' president moved to ease fears that his handling of renewed peace talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots would scuttle chances for a fair reunification accord.
The document outlines key principles for an envisioned federation. Anastasiades rebuffed critics who decry the document as implying separate Turkish Cypriot statehood — something that would undermine a reunified state.
Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aiming to unite the island with Greece.
Anastasiades said many countries are now keen to see a peace accord because of Cyprus' new-found offshore gas deposits.