Blair meets Klerides for peace talks on Cyprus

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British officials spoke yesterday of a possible change in the wind in the peace talks on Cyprus, arguing: "[The negotiation] may fail again. But if it succeeds, it's the real McCoy." The talks have been part of a never-ending stalemate, since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

Glafkos Klerides, leader of the Greek Cypriots, yesterday met Tony Blair at Downing Street. The meeting came just three days after the conclusion of UN-brokered talks between Mr Klerides and Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, in the rural resort of Troutbeck in upstate New York. A second round of talks will be held in Switzerland next month.