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New Date for Talks Amid Increased Tensions

cyprus talksPresident Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are set to meet on January 12th to continue reunification negotiations, according to information from the Cyprus News Agency.

Tensions rose recently between the two communities in the wake of a hooligan attack on a Turkish basketball team in Nicosia and the disruption of a Greek Orthodox Christmas Day mass in the Turkish-held Rizokarpaso area by Turkish-Cypriot authorities.

But it appears that talks are continuing ahead of an upcoming meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, who is expecting the leaders to present their plan to overcome their serious differences on the property issue.

The leaders' representatives George Iacovou and Kudret Ozersay have been continuing their discussion amid two cancellations from Eroglu, who has recently had an operation in Turkey to clear a partially-blocked artery.

Iacovou said that Eroglu will be well enough to attend the meeting with Christofias on January 12th.

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