Negotiations to reunite the divided island of Cyprus have failed to strike a deal, the United Nations said early on Tuesday. In the latest round of U.N.-brokered talks in Swiss resort of Mont Pelerin, Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had been negotiating for two days.
“Despite their best efforts, they have not been able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks. The two sides have decided to return to Cyprus and reflect on the way forward,” the United Nations said in a statement.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had opened the talks, saying the leaders were both committed to trying to reach a deal this year.
Cypriot media report that main reason for the talks failure were the number of refugees to return and by extension the percentage of territory for each constituent state.
On Sunday, Cypriot newspaper Politis.com.cy had published a map with territorial delination percentage. Politis reported that the two leaders had agreed upon.
However, after the failure , it is estimated what Akinci was agreeing with Anastasiades without the approval from Ankara.
Cyprus’s 800,000 Greek Cypriots and approximately 220,000 Turkish Cypriots live on the divided island, which is split after the invasion of Turkish troops in 1974, with thousands of Turkish troops to be stationed in Cyprus’ north, while thousands of migrants from Turkey have alternated the demographic structure.
Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom are guarantee powers on Cyprus, Athens and Ankara make use of their right to have a saying during negotiations.
According to Greek media, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seeks a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Cyprus issue.