UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is urging Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders to make "decisive progress" on key issues blocking reunification of the divided Mediterranean island nation.
Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Turkish Cypriots declared an independent northern state in 1983, only recognized by Turkey. The council acknowledged progress in negotiations and preparations for new talks in October in a resolution adopted Tuesday by a vote of 13-0 with two abstentions, Pakistan and Azerbaijan.
But it stressed that greater efforts are needed to reach "a comprehensive and durable settlement." The resolution extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Cyprus, which has about 860 troops and 65 police, until Jan. 31, 2014.