Cyprus president ready for peace talks after UN spat over

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Talks to reunify the ethnically divided island of Cyprus appear to be back on track after its president said he's ready to pick up where things left off following a halt after a perceived attempt to diplomatically upgrade the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

President Nicos Anastasiades said Friday he's pleased that the United Nations has clarified there's no change to its policy of recognizing only the government of the Cyprus Republic.

Anastasiades called off Friday's meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci following his appearance at a heads of state dinner during a U.N.-sponsored summit Monday in Istanbul.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aiming at union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence.

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