Turkish, Greek Cypriot leaders meet to discuss property issue

Turkish, Greek Cypriot leaders met for the 17th time in the buffer zone in Lefkosa to discuss the property issue.

Turkish, Greek Cypriot leaders meet to discuss property issue

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders met on Wednesday as part of their efforts to reach a settlement after they agreed earlier in 2008 to launch full-fledged talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias met for the 17th time in the buffer zone in Lefkosa to discuss the property issue.

Full-fledged 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 13 times throughout the year and discussed several issues related to this topic. Talks did not proceed at the expected pace and efficiency due to Christofias's busy foreign visit traffics.

Initially the two leaders agreed to form working groups and technical committees. During the meetings held for the assessment of the work of these groups and committees, Talat and Christofias committed to "a solution based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal state with political equality" and discussed single sovereignty and single citizenship.


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