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Anastasiades to explain deadlock to Greek Cypriots (updated: adds time)

File photo: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) pose for photographers with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (L) and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades during the Cyprus reunification talks in the Swiss mountain resort of Mont Pelerin, Switzerland

President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday will appear on television to brief Greek Cypriots over the failed talks in Switzerland, the government said.

The broadcast will be live at 8pm. It is expected to last one hour and the president will take questions from reporters.

He will be briefing the national council on Thursday morning.

Reports said the president will respond to accusations by the Turkish Cypriot side that the Greek Cypriots were to blame for the collapse in the two-day talks in Mont Pelerin.

Though initially appearing that they were going well, the talks in Mont Pelerin broke down on Monday, spreading disappointment among pro-solution Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

The two sides appeared to disagree over the territory to be returned in the event of a settlement. Greek Cypriots reportedly wanted some 90,000 refugees to return, which also meant that the Turkish side would have to give up Morphou.

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