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Cyprus set for reunification talks

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Leaders of Cyprus’ estranged Greek and Turkish communities have agreed to restart talks about reuniting the island.

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his counterpart from the Turkish north of the island, Mehmet Ali Talat will begin negotiations in September – ending a four year deadlock in efforts to bring the sides together after decades of division.

Peace talks collapsed in 2004 when Greek Cypriots rejected a United Nations reunification blueprint.

But the political climate on Cyprus has chaged since last February when hardliner Tassos Papadopoulos was replaced by the moderate left-winger Christofias.

The timeframe for conclusion of talks is unclear but any agreed solution will be put to separate, simultaneous referendums.