Cyprus leaders say make progress at peace talks

Peace talks in Cyprus have made progress, leaders of its two communities said on Tuesday as they broke off for Turkish Cypriot elections on April 18.

Cyprus leaders say make progress at peace talks

Peace talks in Cyprus have made progress, leaders of its two communities said on Tuesday as they broke off for Turkish Cypriot elections on April 18.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias agreed to inform their communities on agreements and disagreements in the ongoing negotiations.

"We are encouraged by the important progress we have made so far on governance and power sharing, EU matters and the economy," Talat and Christofias said in a joint statement read by U.N. envoy for Cyprus Alexander Downer, a former Australian foreign minister.

"We are convinced that with perseverance we shall achieve a comprehensive settlement."

Cypriot leaders met for the 71st time as part of the Cyprus negotiations being held to find a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem. The meeting at the residence of Taye Brook Zerihoun, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Cyprus, in the buffer zone in Lefkosa, was the last planned talk before the upcoming presidential election in the TRNC on April 18.

Alexander Downer, the special adviser of the UN Secretary General on Cyprus, made a joint statement with the leaders following the five-hour meeting and said that the leaders agreed to inform their communities on the negotiation process.

He said that the parties made significant progress on the titles of "Administration and Share of Power", "EU Affairs" and "Economy".

Downer reiterated that their desire was to reach a comprehensive solution which was acceptable for both parties.

Any deal they reach will be put to public referendums. The last bid at reunification failed in 2004, when Greek Cypriots rejected a plan prepared by U.N. mediators.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Mart 2010, 16:45

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