Cyprus leaders start second round of intensified talks

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders met on Monday within the scope of their intensified talks to find a comprehensive settlement to Cyprus problem.

Cyprus leaders start second round of intensified talks

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders met on Monday within the scope of their intensified talks to find a comprehensive settlement to Cyprus problem.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias began the second round of their intensified talks at the buffer zone in Lefkosa.

Leaders will discuss management and share of power, European Union (EU)-related issues, and economy.

They will also continue their intensified talks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Leaders held the first round of intensified talks on January 11, 12 and 13 and only debated management and share of power.

Turkish Cypriots formally presented a ten-article proposal to the Greek Cypriot administration on January 7, whereas the Greek Cypriot administration laid down a proposal on the second day of the first round of intensified talks which comprised of the views it had expressed for the last 16 months.

The Greek Cypriot administration announced that the proposals of the Turkish Cypriots were "unacceptable". However, the two parties negotiated the proposals.

TRNC aims to make progress and reach compromise, if possible, on management and share of power in the second round of intensified talks.

Greek Cypriot leader Christofias had talks in Athens after the first round of intensified negotiations.

Also, President Talat visited Istanbul on Sunday and met Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Gaining independence from the UK in 1960, Cyprus became a bi-communal Republic where Greek and Turkish Cypriot constituent communities would share power guaranteed by the UK, Turkey and Greece. However, reluctant to share power and pursuing a policy of Enosis (Union) with Greece, Greek Cypriots soon expelled Turkish Cypriots from power and terrorised and ghettoised them.

Decades long armed attacks on the defenseless Turkish Cypriots culminated in 1974 when an Athens-backed Greek Cypriot military coup on the island led to Turkey's intervention based on its rights stemming from the Treaty of Guarantee.

Although the Republic of Cyprus as described in the 1959 agreements is no longer there, Greek Cypriots continue to enjoy this title and international recognition while the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a fully democratic government representing Turkish Cypriots, still suffers under an unfair political and economic blockade.

Cyprus joined the EU as a divided island when Greek Cypriots in the south rejected the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004 even though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported it.

The promise made by EU foreign ministers before the referendums to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and establish direct trade with north Cyprus remains unfulfilled.


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