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Cyprus... Will they talk or won't they?

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Cyprus... Will they talk or won't they?

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A summer timeframe for Cyprus reunification talks is in doubt. President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have had their first formal meeting – at the UN compound in divided Nicosia – since agreeing in March to resume talks to end the division of Cyprus. They were more upbeat then, naming June 21 to start a fresh UN-brokered push for peace. But it is clear that issues such as power-sharing and land disputes are proving a slog for both sides’ 13 cooperative work teams. Never far away is the shadow of Turkey, which alone supports a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in north Cyprus. This is a longstanding problem for all the parties concerned, including the EU.