UN asks EU expertise on Cyprus reunification talks

The U.N. is seeking European Union advice on Cyprus reunification talks, a U.N. spokesman said Wednesday.

UN asks EU expertise on Cyprus reunification talks
Negotiations between Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat are scheduled to begin this summer. Thirteen working groups are trying to narrow the gaps between the two sides on various issues, including thorny subjects such as security and territory, before those talks begin.

"E.U. officials are exploring with the parties involved how they can best be helpful," said U.N. spokesman Jose Luis Diaz. One of the ways would be for them to assess whether the proposals of the working groups were compatible with E.U. law, he said.

E.U. spokeswoman Klimentini Diakomanoli said three E.U. officials have met with officials from the island's rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

Cyprus has been split along ethnic lines since 1974.

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