Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday to hold talks with Turkish and Greek Cypriot executives.
Members of the European Parliament's High-Level Contact Group for Relations with the Turkish Cypriot Community, coordinated by Libor Roucek, met representatives of Turkish and Greek Cypriot political parties in the buffer zone in Lefkosa.
The group includes Graham Watson of the Alliance of the Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Franziska Keller of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Willy Meyer of the European United Left, and independent MEP Angelika Werthmann.
During the meeting, Roucek said their target was to boost relations with Turkish Cypriots, and they would meet Turkish Cypriot political parties, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and chambers.
Roucek said the European Parliament wanted to help solution of Cyprus problem, but it was the Cypriot executives who would find a solution.
The contact group will hold talks in Cyprus for three days. It also aims to visit the island in November.
President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will receive the group on Thursday.
The High-Level Contact Group was set up to "strengthen relations with the Cypriot community in the northern part of the island" and "to establish contact with the political representatives of the northern part of the island, elected representatives and representatives of civil society in the broadest sense of the term".
The aim is rather "to put an end to the isolation of the Turkish-Cypriot community and to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus", as was laid down in the Council Conclusions of 26 April 2004.
EP members in Cyprus to hold talks with Turkish, Greek officials
The contact group will hold talks in Cyprus for three days.