UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Monday called for re-starting talks between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders in a bid to overcome decades-old dispute between the two communities.

Guterres issued a statement calling for “negotiations at the earliest feasible opportunity” after dining with President Mustafa Akinci of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades in Berlin, Germany.

Guterres described a “focused and frank” conversation “toward reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem” in the first trilateral meeting between the three statesmen since UN-led peace talks fell apart two years ago in

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