Nicos Anastasiades

UN envoy: No more 'taboo' issues in Cyprus peace talks

Everything is up for discussion in an intensified phase of ongoing Cyprus peace talks, including "taboo" issues that rival leaders had previously opted to tackle at a later stage, a U.N. envoy said Wednesday.

Espen Barth Eide said it's the first time since he took over as peace talks facilitator two years ago that even the toughest issues will be discussed. Those issues include how much territory Greek and Turkish Cypriots will administer under an envisioned federation as well as military intervention rights Cyprus' existing constitution grants to Greece, Turkey and Britain.

Cyprus was split into a Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north in 1974...