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Dozens march for peace deal in ethnically divided Cyprus

  • Greek and Turkish Cypriots protest outside of the presidential palace  during a march for a peace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Some 250 Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched in support of a peace accord reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus ahead of a summit that will likely decide whether or not a deal is possible. The sign reads: 'Bicommunal Choir for Peace in Cyprus.' (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Greek and Turkish Cypriots protest outside of the presidential palace during a march for a peace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Some 250 Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched in support of a peace accord reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus ahead of a summit that will likely decide whether or not a deal is possible. The sign reads: 'Bicommunal Choir for Peace in Cyprus.' (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek and Turkish Cypriots protest outside of the presidential palace  during a march for a peace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Some 250 Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched in support of a peace accord reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus ahead of a summit that will likely decide whether or not a deal is possible. The sign reads: 'Bicommunal Choir for Peace in Cyprus.' (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Greek and Turkish Cypriots protest outside of the presidential palace during a march for a peace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Some 250 Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched in support of a peace accord reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus ahead of a summit that will likely decide whether or not a deal is possible. The sign reads: 'Bicommunal Choir for Peace in Cyprus.' (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek and Turkish Cypriots hold a banner reading in Greek "Yes to Solution, Yes to the Future" at Ledras checkpoint, during a march for a peace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Some 250 Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched in support of a peace accord reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus ahead of a summit that will likely decide whether or not a deal is possible. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Greek and Turkish Cypriots hold a banner reading in Greek "Yes to Solution, Yes to the Future" at Ledras checkpoint, during a march for a peace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Some 250 Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched in support of a peace accord reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus ahead of a summit that will likely decide whether or not a deal is possible. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Some 250 Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched in support of an accord reunifying their ethnically divided island ahead of a summit that will likely decide whether a deal on Cyprus is possible.

Crossing the divide in the capital, Nicosia, demonstrators on Wednesday handed Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci a declaration urging him and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to move toward an agreement "without hesitation."

Akinci told demonstrators he's hopeful the Jan. 9-12 summit in Geneva — where the thorniest aspects of the decades-old dispute will be tackled — will be the "beginning of a new era."

He said any deal would depend on ordinary Cypriots to make it work.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aiming at union with Greece.