UK, Turkey and Greece to join Cyprus settlement talks

British foreign secretary to join Cyprus peace talks in Geneva as Greece and Turkey share territorial proposals

UK, Turkey and Greece to join Cyprus settlement talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Foreign ministers of Greece, Turkey and Britain are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the security parameters regarding Cyprus.

The three nations are the guarantor powers behind Cyprus' independence.

Cyprus peace talks between Turkey and Greece in Geneva have yielded significant results, as Turkish and Greek leaders exchanged maps proposing territorial boundaries for the first time.

The territorial adjustment proposals submitted by the two nations have been sealed in a United Nations vault, and will not be released to the public. The maps will form a basis for more detailed discussions about defining boundaries.

Britain has offerred to renounce approximately 50 per cent of territory it still retains to facilitate a deal.

Any territorial adjustment would alter the existing ceasefire boundary dividing Cyprus east to West, and limit territory under Turkish Cypriot control from about 36 per cent to just short of 30 per cent.

"Never before have we had an exchange of maps, or a presentation of maps, created by the delegations themselves," said Espen Barth Eide, the United Nations envoy for Cyprus.

The Geneva talks aim to form a bizonal state, with a shared administration. Cyprus has been the cause of a decades-old conflict between Turkey and Greece.

Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, the respective leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, have been in Geneva for four days trying to reach a deal which would see the country united again under a two-state federation.

"We have dealt with some of the most difficult issues. We have touched upon almost all of them, we have solved many of them and we are close to resolving some other issues," said Eide.

The split in 1974 uprooted 165,000 Greek Cypriots, while about 40,000 Turkish Cypriots were displaced in intercommunal violence in the 1960s and a population transfer in 1975.

Turkish Cypriots, who were targeted by Greek Cypriot nationalists before the war, want Turkey to remain a guarantor while Greek Cypriots want the guarantor system dismantled due to Turkish intervention in 1974.

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