Cyprus talks focus on mainly economy

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders had a meeting within the scope of negotiations for a settlement to the Cyprus issue at the buffer zone in Cyprus.

Cyprus talks focus on mainly economy

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders had a meeting within the scope of negotiations for a settlement to the Cyprus issue at the buffer zone in Cyprus on Wednesday.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Cyprus advisor Alexander Downer said after the meeting between Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias that the two parties mainly discussed economy.

Representatives of leaders and technical delegations will keep taking up economy on Friday, Downer said.

Downer added agenda of the two leaders' meeting scheduled to take place on March 4 was not definite yet.

Talat and Christofias last met on February 1, when UN Secretary General Ban visited the island to extend his "personal support" to both the ongoing negotiation process and the leaders.

The two Cypriot leaders expressed their resolve to continue negotiations in that meeting, and agreed to meet again on February 24, March 4, March 16 and March 30.
Talat and Christofias launched negotiations in September 2008.

Cyprus issue

Gaining independence from the United Kingdom 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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