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>> Yet another attempt to solve the long running Cyprus dispute. Wednesday's meeting in Switzerland ends a stalemate which had threatened to derail two years of negotiations. This round labeled the most complex in peace talks between the Greek and Turkish sides. Cyprus has been divided since Turkey seized part of the island in 1974.
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Mediators say they're now closer to an agreement than ever, but have left the hard parts until last. Reuters Tom Miles is there.>> The leaders of the two sides have both spent decades getting to this point, and they are two men who are extremely serious about trying to do a deal.
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There are four or five areas where the talks could break down, and the biggest of these is the security question. Especially what to do with around 30,000 Turkish troops who are on the island of Cyprus? Once there is a unified island, it's part of the European Union with one government, many people would be asking why should Turkey have troops on the island?
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Turk recipients might feel who will guarantee our rights if we don't have some backing from a powerful supporter like Turkey? Britain still has it's own military bases on the island. And it has offered to give up about half the land that it owns on the island, although it's not planning to give up any military bases.
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What would happen, for example, if Turkey were to say, we're not gonna take any troops off the island because Britain's not taking any troops off the island? There are also questions about how the island will be governed in the future, question of a rotating presidency to make sure that both sides get a role in the governance of the island.
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There are questions over territory and property disputes that have been simmering for 40 years. And the European Union although it's only an observer, obviously has a great interest, because this concerns a country where a great deal of control is exerted through Turkey, which is not a member of European Union.
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>> The talks will continue as long as is needed. The United Nations see the session lasting until July the 7th.