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Cyprus Talks Continue With Caution, Hope

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders resumed negotiations Friday on reuniting their island while anxious citizens carefully watched the developments with concern about the compromises that might be required. Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said the talks focused on technical issues such as where the government buildings of a new state would be, how many judges there would be at the supreme court and the flag and anthem. Denktash and his Greek Cypriot counterpart, President Tassos Papadopoulos, have agreed to hammer out a deal by March 22 and have staked out tough positions in the talks. If they fail, Turkish and Greek officials will join the talks, and if that does not succeed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news – web sites) is to fill in the blanks before the agreement goes before a referendums on the island. Full Story

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