UN envoy says intensive Cyprus talks to be held in two parts in Jan

The United Nations envoy said on Monday that intensified talks would be held in Cyprus in two parts in January.

UN envoy says intensive Cyprus talks to be held in two parts in Jan

The United Nations envoy said on Monday that intensified talks would be held in Cyprus in two parts in January.

After the meeting between President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias in Lefkosa on Monday, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Cyprus Alexander Downer said that the second part of intensified Cyprus talks will be held on January 25, 26 and 27.

Downer said January would be a very important point to the whole negotiating process.

The first part of intensified talks will be held in Cyprus on January 11, 12 and 13.

TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias launched Cyprus talks in September 2008 in an effort to find a solution to the Cyprus issue. The first round of the talks was completed on August 6, 2009. And the second round started on September 10.

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 intervention based on its rights stemming from guarantor agreement.

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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