The prospect of a breakthrough to end over a decade of division of Cyprus could be delivered at a meeting between the leaders of the estranged island in what is the west’s longest running diplomatic row.
The hope of reunification is high as president, Nicos Anastasiades, and Mustafa Akıncı, hold talks in New York with the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
Espen Barth Eide, the secretary-general’s special adviser on Cyprus said “We have prepared this meeting very well and have worked for the best possible outcome”.
It has been 16 months since the latest round of peace talks began and there are high hopes for the closed-dor session.
Addressing the UN general assembly on Thursday, Anastasiades said a solution would offer a “beacon of hope” that even the world’s seemingly most intractable problems could finally be settled.
The European Union and Turkey are optimistic a settlement can be found.