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Last-ditch effort for Cyprus talks

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Will U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres bring back life to the Cyprus talks process murdered in cold blood by the greed of Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades? Will this last attempt to salvage the sunken Cyprus ship succeed?

Dreamers still hoping for a reincarnation of the talks heralded the news that the U.N. chief had invited the leaders of the two peoples of Cyprus to a working dinner June 4 at the U.N. building, suggesting that a new Annan-plan like development might be in the pipeline. Can there be such a development?

The U.N. chief can neither be so naïve to expect a miraculous success nor ignorant about the history of the numerous failed Cyprus initiatives in the archives of the world body. If the U.N. chief, ignoring all that has been stressed by the two parties, particularly by the Greek Cypriot side, regarding the U.N. assuming the role of active mediator, places a settlement plan on the table, that dinner might turn out to be a rather unpleasant evening for him. Of course, the U.N. can and should play the role of bridge building between the two sides if........

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