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CYPRIOT LEADERS WILL DRAFT UNITY PLAN

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The leaders of divided Cyprus agreed to begin drafting the framework of a plan for reuniting the nation's Turkish and Greek sectors 26 years after the partition of the Mediterranean island.

Rauf Denktash, representing Turkish Cypriots, and George Vassiliou, leader of the ethnic Greek majority, ended a third round of talks Thursday mediated by Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar and agreed to meet again in September.In the meantime, both sides will draw up a list of some of the basic principles they hope to incorporate in a reunification plan, Perez de Cuellar said in a statement. The statement expressed optimism for a political statement, citing a "real possibility of bridging the positions of the two sides . . . (making) a just and lasting agreement possible."