Cyprus leaders to meet for 20th round of talks

Leaders will continue to discuss the "property" chapter heading at the meeting which is scheduled to start at 10:00(a.m.).

Cyprus leaders to meet for 20th round of talks
Turkish Cypriot (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias will remeet tomorrow in Lefkosa's buffer zone, for the 20th round of extensive talks aiming to find a permanent solution to the Cyprus issue.

Leaders will continue to discuss the "property" chapter heading at the meeting which is scheduled to start at 10:00(a.m.).

In the 19th round of talks, the leaders exchanged proposals regarding the criteria to be applied in use of methods like amends, bartering and return of assets in resolution of disputes over property.

Talat told reporters after the 19th round of talks in Lefkosa, that the Greek Cypriot side insisted more on "return of assets" while Turkish Cypriot side equally considered all three options.

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 full-fledged talks.

Talks began on September 11 under the "administration and power sharing" topic. Leaders met 18 times so far and discussed several issues.

History

Cyprus joined the EU as a divided island when Greek Cypriots in the South rejected the UN reunification plan 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.

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 military intervention. 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.


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How can this be a democratic government if I am unable to reclaim my land and property in in the North. I really hope that we do come to a mutually acceptable conclusion and that turkey start to make positive gestures on Cyprus and that the greeks also put the past behind them and ackowladge their fellow turkish Cypriots as equals. The military presence of Turkey in the North is unecessary who and what are they relly protecting. Times are now changing and it is time for both side to stand side by side and plan for a successful and happy future together. We owe it to ourselves to make the change because change doesnt have to be challenged, it should be embraced as this is how future evolves.Greeek and Turkish politicians, Military and people, just do the right thing and you will reep the rewards!