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Rare meeting between leaders of Cyprus's divided Greek and Turkish communities

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Rare meeting between leaders of Cyprus's divided Greek and Turkish communities

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Leaders of Cyprus’ divided Greek and Turkish communities have met for the first time in two years for talks focusing on some 1500 people officially classed as missing on the divided island.

There has been no direct contact between Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat since Greek Cypriots rejected a referendum to re-unite the island in 2004.

It is hoped the meeting will help ease a dispute threatening Turkey’s European Union entry negotiations.

Talat and Papadopoulos said this initiative was purely humanitarian – marking the resumption of efforts to locate the remains of those killed in inter- ethnic fighting when Turkey invaded Cyprus more than 30 years ago.