Cyprus leaders meet, still no breakthrough in talks

Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu said differences of opinion persist on the administration and share of power on the divided island.

Cyprus leaders meet, still no breakthrough in talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Differences of opinion persist on administration and share of power between Turkish and Greek Cypriots, Dervis Eroglu, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, said Monday following a three-and-a-half hour meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis.

Political equality and federal execution are sensitive issues for the Turkish side, Eroglu said, adding that Anastasiadis and his team have different opinions regarding powers and election.

"The Greek side wants a Greek president at all times, with the vice president being Turkish," Eroglu said. "However, we are trying hard to do our part towards reaching a permanent resolution on the island, and we will continue to defend our rights at the negotiation table."

UN chief's special representative in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenheim, said that the meeting was held in a "constructive and sincere manner," and both leaders agreed to continue to offer their suggestions on all essential matters.

The next two meetings will be held on June 23 and July 7 as part of the agreement to come together twice a month in an effort to conclude the negotiation process as soon as possible, Buttenheim added.

The island of Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is recognized solely by Turkey, whereas the Greek Cypriot administration is an EU member and recognized internationally.

Last Mod: 03 Haziran 2014, 09:16
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