Saturday, June 05, 2010

Cyprus: Reunification talks continue

UN - Talks aiming to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are continuing along the parameters agreed between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and the United Nations, an adviser to the Secretary-General said today.

“All chapters are being negotiated with the aim of increasing the points of convergence on the understanding that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” Alexander Downer, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, told reporters in the city of Larnaca.

He said the two representatives – one acting on behalf of Dervis Eroglu, the Turkish Cypriot leader, and one representing Demetris Christofias, his Greek Cypriot counterpart – will meet again in the course of next week.

“I think their discussions will focus on the property question and no specific date has been set for the next leaders’ meeting, but that could possibly be the following week. So we’ll just have to wait and see. Obviously the process is moving ahead,” Mr. Downer said.

He said he would travel to New York next week to brief the Security Council on the status of the talks.

A UN peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP been stationed in Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence.

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