Turkish, Greek Cyprus leaders to meet under comprehensive talks
Talks began on September 11 under the "administration and power sharing" topic.
Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias will remeet Sunday under the full-fledged talks -- aiming at finding a lasting solution to the Cyprus issue.
Talat and Christofias will be discussing "foreign relations" issue under the topic of "Administration and share of power" topic at their 14th meeting under 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.
Leaders met for 13 times
Talat and Christofias, along with their delegations, met for 13 times at the buffer zone in Lefkosa throughout the year. UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Cyprus Alexander Downer and United Nations (UN) Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus, Taye-Brook Zerihoun also attended most of these meetings.
Leaders discussed subtopics under "Adminstration and Power Sharing", one of the 6 main headings.
These subtopics were: "powers to be left to the federal government," "executive branch," "legislation," "judiciary," "federal waters and federal police," "public administration," "public service commission," and "independent bodies."
Talks showed that leaders had disagreement over most of the issues. During talks, the Turkish Cypriot side proposed a "presidential council" --similar to that of Switzerland-- while the Greek Cypriot side proposed a "presidential system."
While Turkish Cypriot party view the guarantorship issue as one of the fundamental elements of a solution, Greek Cypriot party claims that an EU member state did not need guarantorship.
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