Rival Cypriot leaders pledge to back UN-led peace initiative

Rival Cypriot leaders held a rare meeting on Tuesday in which they pledged to support a United Nations-led Cyprus peace push involving Greece, Turkey and Britain, officials said.

It was the first meeting between Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar since the Ankara-backed hardliner was elected in the breakaway north of divided Cyprus last month.

The pair “expressed their determination to positively respond to the UN secretary-general’s commitment to explore the possibility to convene an informal five-plus-United Nations meeting, in a conducive climate, at an appropriate stage,” a carefully worded UN statement said.