Cyprus leaders to start second round of talks on Thurs

The second round of talks to find a comprehensive solution for Cyprus question will begin on Thursday.

Cyprus leaders to start second round of talks on Thurs

The second round of talks to find a comprehensive solution for Cyprus question will begin on Thursday.

The talks had started on September 11, 2008, and first round was completed on August 6, 2009.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias will meet at Lefkosa buffer zone, and begin the second round of talks.

United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy to Cyprus Alexander Downer will also attend the meeting.

Parties will start the new round by discussing the "executive" issue under the main title of "administration and power sharing".

Federal execution has been the only issue (under this topic) that parties could not reach any consensus so far.

In the first round of talks, parties discussed Cyprus issue under 6 main topics as; "administration and power sharing", "property", "EU", "economic issues", "territory" and "security and guarantees".

While TRNC is suggesting the formulation in Annan Plan regarding how the state will be formed, Greek Cypriot administration has not made a suggestion.

Greek Cypriot side does not accept any timetable or arbitration in the talks. On the other hand, TRNC says talks cannot continue forever, and wants to complete them by the end of 2009 and to hold simultaneous referendum, and also wants UN to actively involve in the issues on which parties cannot reach a consensus.

"Property" will continue to be the most critical topic in the second round of talks.

Parties, after tomorrow's meeting, will meet on September 10 and 17, and then give a short break till October 2 due to UN Security Council's agenda.

Turkish Cypriot party pursues assessment meetings prior to the second round of talks.

TRNC President Talat held a comprehensive assessment meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday. Talat will meet representatives of political parties and receive Downer today.

Issue

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 guarantorship 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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