Turkish Cyprus President talks over property issue in unification talks

Talat said it was known that the property issue would be solved through amends, bartering and return of assets.

Turkish Cyprus President talks over property issue in unification talks
Mehmet Ali Talat, President of the Republic of Northern Cyprus said it was known that the property issue would be solved through amends, bartering and return of assets.

Talat told reporters after Wednesday's meeting with Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christophias in Lefkosa, that the Greek Cypriot side insisted more on "return of assets" while Turkish Cypriot side equally considered all three options.

He said parties would announce their proposals for the criteria, determining, in which situtaions any of the three options would be applied, in the 19th round of extensive talks on January 12.

Talat said it was hard to tell whether their positions on the issue overlap with the Greek Cypriot side, as proposals for criteria to be applied would be presented in the next meeting.

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 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 of Cyprus issue

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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Sotiris Tsangaris
Sotiris Tsangaris - 10 yıl Before

Let’s not make the same mistake again

The reason the independence in 1960 was a failure; because it was not democratic name one other nation that is governed by a minority with financial and political success. Cyprus always had minorities but unfortunately the Countries that were meant to be Guarantors failed Cyprus for their own gains. For Cyprus to truly unify Turkish Cypriots must see how the Greek side has changed just in the past 35yaers look how many foreigners live in harmony, I believe the Turkish people can also live in peace the biggest problem is land ownership in both Northern and Southern Cyprus.