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UN chief Guterres says Cyprus talks show progress but no "quick fix"

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:17

Talks to hammer out a new security deal for Cyprus are showing encouraging results, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, but he warns there will be no ''quick fix''. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Talks to hammer out a new security deal for Cyprus have showed encouraging results, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday (January 12), but he cautioned against any expectations of a quick fix. Cyprus was split by a Turkish invasion in 1974 that followed a brief coup engineered by the military then ruling Greece. It has remained split ever since, with Turkish Cypriots in the north of the island and Greek Cypriots in the south. Flanked by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Guterres said he believed Cyprus could be a "symbol of hope" at a time the world faced so many disasters. Guterres is chairing a security conference on Cyprus in Geneva, attended by the foreign ministers of Greece, Turkey and Britain. The three countries are guarantor powers of the island under a convoluted treaty which granted Cyprus independence from Britain in 1960. The spokesman for the Greek Cypriot delegation, Nicos Christo Doulides, called the conference a "historic day for Cyprus".

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UN chief Guterres says Cyprus talks show progress but no "quick fix"

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:17