UN dinner for Cyprus leaders in hopes of peace talks restart

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " The United Nations says its envoy to Cyprus will host a dinner for the ethnically divided island's rival leaders in hopes of getting stalled reunification talks back on track.

A statement Monday said U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide will host the April 2 dinner at the defunct Ledra Palace Hotel inside the U.N.-controlled buffer zone that cuts across the capital, Nicosia.

The dinner is seen as an ice-breaker between breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the island's Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades after a month-long talks hiatus.

Negotiations broke off amid Turkish Cypriot anger over legislation making the commemoration of a 1950 referendum for Cyprus' union with Greece compulsory in Greek Cypriot schools.

Turkish Cypriot officials say talks can resume only once the "mistake" is corrected.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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