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    Turkish, Greek Cypriot leaders to continue peace talks on Nov 3

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    22.10.2008 - 10:48 | Son Güncelleme:

    The Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders will meet again on Nov. 3, a United Nations (U.N.) envoy said on Wednesday after the leaders' fifth meeting within the framework of the comprehensive peace talks relaunched last month. (UPDATED)

    Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and his Greek Cypriot counterpart Demetris Christofias held a three-hour meeting at the disused Nicosia airport in the buffer zone separating the two sides. 

    "This is a process that will continue and I think its going well," Taye-Brook Zerihoun, the special representative of U.N. Secretary General to Cyprus, told reporters after the meeting.

    Zerihoun said the leaders’ top aides will continue talks on the federal executive, while they move ahead with discussions on the legislature at their next meeting Nov. 3.

    The U.N. official said the aides are tasked with finding "bridging ideas" on issues where the leaders remain apart.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1964 when Turkish Cypriots were forced to withdraw into enclaves.   

    The launch of negotiations marked the first major push for peace since the failure of a U.N. reunification plan in 2004, which was approved by Turkish Cypriots but overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek Cypriots. 

    Power sharing disputes remain at the heart of the Cyprus problem. The Greek Cypriots are seeking a reunification under a strong federal government but the Turkish Cypriots prefer more a devolved union.

    Other thorny issues include security guarantees and property settlement claims.

     

     

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