President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Mehmet Ali Talat and leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Demetris Christofias got together Tuesday for a meeting at the buffer zone in Lefkosa with the aim of starting comprehensive solution negotiations as part of the March 21st agreement.
Talat's meeting with Christofias is taking place at the residence of Taye-Brook Zerihoun, special representative of the UN Secretary-General and chief of UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, at the buffer zone in Cyprus.
The two sides in Cyprus have different expectations from Tuesday's meeting between the leaders.
Taye-Brook Zerihoun, special representative of the UN Secretary-General and chief of UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, told reporters after Tuesday's meeting that the leaders agreed on "a single sovereignty and single nationality" in principle after the meeting which lasted for four and a half hours.
Zerihoun stated the meeting took place in a positive atmosphere and activities of technical and working committees were reviewed for the first time.
The two leaders would meet again on July 25th, Zerihoun said.
Talat and Christofias agreed late in March to resume negotiations aiming at a settlement of the Cyprus problem, and their envoys later agreed to set up a number of working groups and committees in an initial attempt to lead the way for substantial talks.