Talks On Reunifying Cyprus Fail - For Now

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini attends the Cyprus peace talks in Crans-Montana Switzerland Thursday

"I am deeply sorry to inform you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations and the different parties. the Conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached", said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı said the talks ultimately ended negatively despite serious efforts.

The Greek Cypriot side claimed they had made concessions towards the Turkish Cypriot demands for a rotating presidency of a unified republic, but the talks appear to have broken down over Turkey's role on the island.

Talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus broke up amid anger and recriminations in the early hours of Friday, marking the end of a process seen as the most promising in generations to heal decades of suspended conflict.

The minister for Europe from former colonial power Britain and talks participant, Alan Duncan, as well as Greek and Turkish officials also hinted at continued negotiations. "Nonetheless, as it stands, we have to understand that the Turkish and Turkish Cypriots' position on this seems to have hardened and it would be very hard to convince them to back down on that", Dr. Cirakli said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Greece's insistence on no troop presence and an immediate end to its guarantor status would have been unacceptable to Turkish Cypriots.

Representatives from the European Union, the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaderships, and the guarantor nations of Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom, had participated in the intense discussions that began at the end of last month to resolve the dispute.

"Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot delegation did everything it could", Yildirim told reporters in Ankara.

It was clear, however, that an nearly total lack of progress on the thorny issues of foreign guarantees and security on the island were the key problems despite the apparent willingness of the Greek-Cypriot side to readdress points of negotiation that had been considered closed.

Greek Cypriots want that right dismantled, since it was invoked by Turkey to invade the island in 1974 after a brief Greek inspired coup and still keeps troops there.

"Now is a time for calm reflection and consideration of next steps".

Asked whether the talks would continue, Guterres said, "The conference is closed. that doesn't mean that other initiatives can not be developed". "The commitment of the U.K.to a deal on Cyprus remains unwavering", Duncan said.

Several previous peace drives have stumbled over their presence, with Greek Cypriots demanding a total withdrawal of what they say is an occupying force and minority Turkish Cypriots fearful of ethnic violence in the event of a pullout. But he said Turkey would do everything within the framework of global law to defend the rights of Turkish Cypriots.

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