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Rival sides focus on security in Cyprus peace talks

The rival sides in talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus are focusing on how new security arrangements will work after a peace deal is agreed.

On the second day of high-level, United Nations-sponsored talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, discussions centred again on the thorny security issues that are considered pivotal to resolving the decades-long split on the east Mediterranean island nation.

The island's Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has said that he, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and top diplomats from the island's so-called guarantor powers - Greece, Turkey and Britain - will answer what security framework they envision for an aimed-for federated Cyprus.

Mr Anastasiades said discussions will revolve around three questions posed by United Nations Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman regarding ways of guaranteeing security.

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