The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus have resumed UN-brokered peace talks.
The negotiations between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Geneva have been described as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.
"We are not at a point where Geneva will mark the final conclusion," Akinci said on January 8. "We need to be cautious."
Anastasiades tweeted that he was heading to the January 9 talks "with hope, confidence, and unity."
The previous round of peace talks ended in November without a breakthrough.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the island in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.
Turkish Cypriot leaders later declared a breakaway state in the north that is recognized only by Ankara.
The Greek Cypriot side is recognized internationally as EU-member Cyprus.
Based on reporting by AFP and dpa