Turkish, Greek leaders make proposals in Cyprus talks

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders have made proposals to each other on "federal execution" at their meeting on Thursday.

Turkish, Greek leaders make proposals in Cyprus talks

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders have made proposals to each other on "federal execution" at their meeting on Thursday which resumed after yearlong Cyprus peace talks.

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat made their proposals in a bid to soothe differences on "federal execution" topic, UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Alexander Downer said.

Downer said Cypriot leaders would discuss proposals at their next meeting to be held on october 17, adding that he was quite pleased with the progress made so far.

However, Downer did not elaborate on proposals and said he did not want to intervene in what was happening between the leaders.

UN backs a bicommunal federal solution based on political equality complying with UN Security Council resolutions.

Peace talks

The first round of extensive peace talks, which had started on September 11 and lasted 11 months under 6 main topics, showed there were major disagreement between parties over many issues. Topics discussed during the first round were; "administration and power sharing", "property", "EU", "economic issues", "territory" and "security and guarantees".

Relative progress was recorded in "administration and power sharing," "EU", and "economic issues" topics while no progress was made in "territory", "security and guarantees" and "property" topics.

The second round of talks was supposed to start last week, but Christofias skipped the meeting claiming that Turkish Cypriots officials did not allow a number Greek Cypriots to cross into north from Yesilirmak passageway to attend a mass.

Turkish Cypriot officials said however that the Greek Cypriot group had failed to follow necessary procedures for crossing the border.

Cyprus 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 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.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Eylül 2009, 10:01