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BBC news - Cyprus talks: Young people on the future of a divided island
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An end to decades of division in Cyprus is difficult but possible, a United Nations envoy has said as leaders met in Geneva to try to reach a settlement.
Espen Barth Eide praised the two sides for showing "a lot of courage" as they resumed attempts to reunify the island.
Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met in the first of a series of meetings planned for this week.
Previous attempts to create a united but federal Cyprus have failed.
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The idea behind these talks, which have been going on for some 19 months, would be to share power between the two communities, divided since 1974.
The leaders, said by diplomats to be genuinely committed to achieving a deal, talked for around four hours on Monday.
They have both acknowledged there are key issues that still need to be thrashed out.
But if they make progress, leaders from the three countries that currently guarantee Cyprus's security - Britain, Greece and Turkey - will join the talks.
Cyprus has been split since Turkish troops invaded more than 40 years ago, following an Athens-inspired coup by Greek Cypriots seeking union with Greece.
The northern third of the island is inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and the southern two-thirds by Greek Cypriots.
The new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has spoken of an "historic opportunity" for a breakthrough, will also be Geneva.
However, there are still significant stumbling blocks before a deal can be made.