Cyprus leaders meet for first time in 2009

Parties aim to conclude talks over "administration and distribution of power" topic by mid-January and move on to the topic of "property".

Cyprus leaders meet for first time in 2009
Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias got together Monday in the 14th meeting of the extensive talks - aiming at finding a lasting solution to the Cyprus issue-.

Talat and Christofias who are meeting for the first time in 2009, will be discussing "foreign relations" issue under the topic of "administration and distribution of power".

The tete-a-tete meeting of leaders will later proceed with the participation of the two leaders' delegations.

Taye-Brook Zerihoun, the special representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General in Cyprus, is also attending the meeting in the buffer zone in Lefkosa.

Parties aim to conclude talks over "administration and distribution of power" topic by mid-January and move on to the topic of "property".

Parties are not satisfied with the progress of talks. While the Turkish Cypriot party want talks to proceed according to a schedule, the Greek Cypriot party oppose it, on the grounds that it would pave the way for arbitration in talks.

Extensive talks

Cyprus talks, which was interrupted when Greek Cypriots rejected a UN plan (Annan plan for solution of the Cyprus issue) in the twin referendums held on April 24, resumed in September 11 following the victory of Demetris Christofias, AKEL Chairman, in the presidential election held in Greek Cypriot part of the island.

Following a four year halt in negotiations, Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Christofias got together on September 3 to shape the procedure of extensive talks.

Extensive talks began on September 11 under the "administration and power sharing" topic. Leaders met 13 times throughout the year and discussed several issues related to this topic. Talks did not proceed at the expected pace and efficiency due to Christofias's busy foreign visit traffics.

Initially the two leaders agreed to form working groups and technical committees. During the meetings held for the assessment of the work of these groups and committees, Talat and Christofias committed to "a solution based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal state with political equality" and discussed single sovereignty and single citizenship.

Leaders met for 13 times

Talat and Christofias, along with their delegations, met for 13 times at the buffer zone in Lefkosa through out the year. UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer and United Nations (UN) Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus, Taye-Brook Zerihoun also attended most of these meetings.

Leaders discussed subtopics under "Adminstration and Power Sharing", one of the 6 main headings.

These subtopics were: "powers to be left to the federal government," "executive branch," "legislation," "judiciary," "federal waters and federal police," "public administration," "public service commission," and "independent bodies."

Talks showed that leaders had disagreement over most of the issues. During talks, the Turkish Cypriot party proposed a "presidential council" --similar to that of Switzerland-- while the Greek Cypriot party proposed a "presidential system."

Turkish Cypriot party view the guaranteurship issue as one of the fundamental elements of a solution, however Greek Cypriot party claims that an EU member state does not need guaranteurship.


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