Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

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NICOSIA: Rival Cypriot leaders will broach a multi-billion-euro territory dispute next week in Switzerland as part of UN-backed peace talks aimed at solving one of the world’s longest-running political crises. Negotiations are due to discuss the previously intractable issue of territorial adjustments on the Mediterranean resort island—a main bone of contention during four decades of discord between its Greek- and Turkish-speaking communities. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece. UN-brokered talks between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci began 17 months ago and have been billed as the island’s last best chance for an enduring peace deal.

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