Cyprus Peace Process Collapsed

World | March 11, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00

Marathon peace talks to pave the way for the reunification of Cyprus have collapsed, heralding the end of the UN's peace mission there. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan held talks late into Monday night in a final attempt to reach a deal ahead of a UN deadline. But even an offer to extend the deadline failed, when Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said there was no immediate prospect of further discussions. The talks, at The Hague, were a last-ditch attempt to reunite the Mediterranean island before it signs a treaty in mid-April to join the European Union next year. It now looks almost certain that membership will, in effect, apply only to the southern, Greek Cypriot part of the island. Mr Annan admitted defeat after 15 hours of talks.

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