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UN envoy says divided Cyprus' rival leaders to restart stalled reunification talks May 15

  • A UN peacekeeper stands guard in front of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots as they gather with banners reading in Greek and Turkish: "Yes to the future solution now", outside from the Ledra Palace Hotel before a diner between Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide inside the UN controlled buffer zone that divides the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The dinner is the first meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci since the Turkish Cypriot politician _ a left-wing moderate _ soundly defeated the hard-line incumbent in an election last month. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A UN peacekeeper stands guard in front of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots as they gather with banners reading in Greek and Turkish: "Yes to the future solution now", outside from the Ledra Palace Hotel before a diner between Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide inside the UN controlled buffer zone that divides the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The dinner is the first meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci since the Turkish Cypriot politician _ a left-wing moderate _ soundly defeated the hard-line incumbent in an election last month. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands as the United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide, center, smiles before a dinner at the Ledra Palace Hotel inside the UN controlled buffer zone that divides the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The dinner is the first meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci since the Turkish Cypriot politician _ a left-wing moderate _ soundly defeated the hard-line incumbent in an election last month. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands as the United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide, center, smiles before a dinner at the Ledra Palace Hotel inside the UN controlled buffer zone that divides the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The dinner is the first meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci since the Turkish Cypriot politician _ a left-wing moderate _ soundly defeated the hard-line incumbent in an election last month. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, right, waves to the media as United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide looks on prior to a dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci at the Ledra Palace Hotel inside the UN controlled buffer zone that divides the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The dinner is the first meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci since the Turkish Cypriot politician _ a left-wing moderate _ soundly defeated the hard-line incumbent in an election last month. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, right, waves to the media as United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide looks on prior to a dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci at the Ledra Palace Hotel inside the UN controlled buffer zone that divides the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The dinner is the first meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci since the Turkish Cypriot politician _ a left-wing moderate _ soundly defeated the hard-line incumbent in an election last month. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

A United Nations envoy says Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will relaunch stalled talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island on May 15.

Espen Barthe Eide announced the date after hosting a dinner for Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who met for the first time.

Hopes for a breakthrough got a boost after Akinci, a left-wing moderate, soundly defeated the hard-line incumbent in an election last month.

Cyprus was split into a breakaway, Turkish Cypriot north and an internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

Monday's dinner was at a hotel inside the U.N.-controlled buffer zone that cuts across the capital, Nicosia.