Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cyprus: Talks between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders "positive"

Talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island were “positive,” according to a senior official with the world body.

Addressing reporters following the meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in Nicosia, Alexander Downer, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, said that “good progress was made,” building on talks held earlier this week.

Mechanisms to resolve deadlocks were the focus of today’s discussions, which also touched on past acts and the hierarchy of norms.

The two leaders asked Mr. Downer to stress that they held a “very good” meeting today, he said.

In response to a question, the Adviser said that he remains convinced that “there is a real possibility of reaching a settlement here” this year, but acknowledged that it would be an “incredibly difficult task.”

He added, “No one should underestimate how hard it is, after so many years and such deep conflict to put together an agreement, but days like today just help to confirm the view that I’ve expressed on many occasions that I am cautiously optimistic.”
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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