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Cyprus leader criticizes UN envoy for alleged bias, haste

The president of Cyprus on Sunday criticized a U.N. envoy for perceived bias and undue haste amid troubled talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided Mediterranean island.

President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, said that he's "distraught" that U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide appears to be adopting the positions of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots. He said Eide should grasp that "statements or threats" will produce results contrary to the goal of reunifying Cyprus as a federation.

"The less is said, especially on his (Eide's) part, the better," Anastasiades told reporters, adding that the U.N. envoy is too much "in a hurry.