YEREVAN, February 12. / ARKA /. Armenia welcomes the decision of Cyprus leaders to resume negotiations on the Cyprus problem, a foreign ministry spokesman Tigran Balayan said today.
The leaders of Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities began Tuesday on a new round of talks to achieve reunification of the ethnically split island nation.
Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Dervis Eroglu met inside the U.N.-controlled buffer zone to announce the restart of talks after a 20-month stalemate.
"We welcome the agreement reached on February 11 in Nicosia by the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community on the resumption of negotiations aimed at resolving the Cyprus problem under the auspices of the UN and share expectations of the international community for a long-term and mutually acceptable solution to the problem," Balayan said.
Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aiming for union with Greece. Only the internationally recognized, Greek Cypriot-dominated south enjoys the benefits of the island’s 2004 European Union entry. -0-