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Greek and Turkish Cypriot Leaders Meet in Nicosia


The leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Cyprus have met in Nicosia - agreeing to continue long-stalled talks, but with no date set for the next meeting.

Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met Wednesday for the first time in more than a year, in efforts to re-start talks aimed at resolving the division of the island.

Afterwards, the top United Nations Representative in Cyprus, Michael Moeller, said the two agreed to continue their contacts through U.N. officials and to meet again when appropriate.

The two leaders were expected to discuss ways to move forward on the United Nations-brokered peace process, known as the July Eighth Agreement, that has lain dormant since being agreed upon in 2006.

In 2004, Greek Cypriots voted against a U.N. settlement plan that was accepted by the island's Turkish community.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded in response to a coup in Nicosia aiming at uniting the island with Greece.

The conflict has been a leading stumbling block to Turkey's aspirations for European Union membership.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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