Peace referenda in March 2016

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Foreign diplomats have high hopes that both sides will hit the ground running when Cyprus peace talks start in the second half of May.

Their optimism follows the election of pro-reconciliation Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci last Sunday.

The UN’s Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, Espen Barth Eide, will be on the island on Monday, expecting to confirm plans with the two leaders.

During the same period, President Anastasiades and Akinci will be meeting on their own, hoping to secure an understanding of how best to proceed and to devise a path for discussing Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), with the closed town of Varosha at the forefront.

A preliminary schedule, drawn up before Akinci’s victory……….

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