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Old 26.01.2011, 17:08
Bertrand - Geneva
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Cyprus Future is discussed in Geneva

From an article in the 20 minutes

The future of the island of Cyprus, divided into two, is studied in the United Nations in Geneva

The presidents of Turkey and Greek Cyprus, Dervis Eroglu and Dimitris Christofias started Wednesday
in Geneva talks on the future of the island with the Secretary General of UN Ban Ki-moon.

The two delegations, the Greek Cypriots, followed ten minutes later the Turkish Cypriots,
have passed some thirty journalists from Cyprus without making a statement
upon arrival at the Palais des Nations.

The Secretary General of the United Nations must make a statement to reporters after
talks in the afternoon, said a spokesman of the UN
The previous round of talks between the two Cypriot leaders under the aegis of the United
Nations was held in November in New York.

Ban Ki-moon when he acknowledged that serious differences remained and had invited both
parties to seek new points of convergence.

The two leaders expressed their commitment to work together and intensify their efforts for an
agreement to reunify the divided island since 1974.

Different forms of federation between the two entities are on the table for several years.

I think there a few people from there on this forum, what do you think ? Is it possible they find an agreement ?
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Old 26.01.2011, 20:54
Bertrand - Geneva
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Re: Cyprus Future is discussed in Geneva

An Update

In Geneva, the negotiation between Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders have trouble to succeed.
Term fixed to the end of February

Geneva will not be the full stop of negotiations of reunification which do not finish it any
more between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders.

Dervis Eroglu and Demetris Christofias both cancelled their press conference yesterday afternoon in the Palais des Nations.
An embarrassed silence which says length about it on the differences which remain. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
who had invited both men in Geneva, was the only one to express himself after the meeting, insisting on the points of
reconciliation of both delegations since the last meeting in New York last November. We are thus still far from an agreement on the reunification of the island.

Tired, Ban Ki-moon eventually fixed a final term next March, so much the slowness of the progress on this file worn out the hopes since 2008. " The strongest point of friction lives that of the uncalled-for and the despoiled properties. Both parts however came to an agreement
on the method ", notes Ahmet Sozen, Turkish Cypriot academic involved in the project Cyprus 2015 of the NGO(NON-GOVERNMENTAL
ORGANIZATION) INTERPEACE, the partner of the UNO in the research for a negotiated solution of Cyprus.

" For 100'000 Moved Greek and about 40'000 Turks deprived of lands following the division of
the island in 1974, three scenarios were held : either the return to the owner, or the payment of a financial compensation,
or finally, exchange of lands on both sides of the green line separating both communities ", explains Ahmet Sozen.

" Recent polls show that the Cypriots want more that discussions, they want a solution ", called back yesterday Ban Ki-moon in homage to
the work of Interpeace.

In this Greek Cypriot survey, the opinions (68 %) and Turkish (65 %) show themselves favorable to an agreement and ready of forming a
federation, even if the distrust remains. Ban Ki-moon declared himself ready to intensify the negotiations to present a " positive report "
at the end of February to the Security Council. Does he make seeming to believe in it to force the fate?

" Since the referendum of 2004 on the reunification, rejected by 75 % of the Cypriots Greek and adopted by 65 % of the Turkish Cypriots,
yes progressed in the Greek part ", estimates Ahmet Sozen. But he recognizes that the opinions also grow tired, for lack of concrete results
in the process which has to lead the European island to find its unity.

Supporter of the independence of his territory, the new Turkish Cypriot president, elected in 2010, undertook to pursue the negotiations of
reunification. But it is suspected of having got involved there to slow down the step towards a reunification. Besides, since France declared
that Turkey did not have authority to enter Europe, the stake in a reunification in Cyprus became less crucial for Ankara, which settled the other objectives of foreign policy.
Ban Ki-moon may want to see the half full glass, he remains well and truly half empty.
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