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Cypriot leaders back at table

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The presidents of the Greek and Turkish sections of Cyprus returned to the negotiating table Tuesday after a three-week hiatus.

The last session, scheduled for Aug. 5, was canceled because Cyprus President Demetris Christofias was in the midst of a political crisis, World Bulletin reported. Christofias has been under fire because of a deadly explosion at a naval base.

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Christofias and Dervis Eroglu, president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, have been in intensive talks this summer in an effort to reunite the island. Cyprus has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974.

Turkey is the only country that recognizes the northern third of the island as an independent state.

The two leaders agreed during a meeting July 7 with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to hold a total of 19 meetings by mid-October.

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