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AFP: Carter, Tutu in Cyprus to boost peace push

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Wednesday, 8 October, 2008

"The rest of the world is pulling for you," says Jimmy Carter, as he and fellow Elders Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi arrive in Cyprus to support the ongoing peace talks. This article first appeared on AFP.

NICOSIA (AFP) — Nobel peace laureates ex-US president Jimmy Carter and anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday to back UN-brokered efforts to reunite the Mediterranean island.

President Demetris Christofias, a Greek Cypriot, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat launched peace talks on September 3, four years after the failure of a 2004 UN peace plan.

Carter said the eyes of the world were on Cyprus and expected the two "courageous" leaders to "correct a misunderstanding" that has been a problem ever since he was in the White House.

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