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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-01-23

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] Greentree meeting begins

  • [01] Greentree meeting begins

    Talks aimed at paving the way for a political settlement in Cyprus began at Greentree on Monday, with a working breakfast hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the leaders of the islands two communities.

    Earlier on, Ban and the two leaders Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou - appeared before journalists for a photo opportunity, with their spouses.

    The two leaders are accompanied at the talks by their aides.

    Ban is expected to remain at Greentree until lunch time for talks jointly with both community leaders. Proximity talks will then follow.

    The first meeting between the two leaders and the UNSG took place in November 2010, followed by two more meetings in Geneva on January 26 and July 7, 2011, during which both sides reaffirmed their commitment to finding a comprehensive solution as soon as possible, while in Geneva, on 26 January 2011, the sides agreed to intensify the negotiations.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since 1974 Turkey occupies 37% of Cyprus` territory in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, European Parliament decisions and resolutions, European Council decisions and other resolutions of international fora, which condemn the Turkish invasion and occupation.

    Ankara has proclaimed a self-styled `state` in the occupied areas of Cyprus, which the UN have called legally invalid and asked the international community not to recognise or facilitate it. The illegal state is only recognised by Ankara.

    The latest round of UN - led negotiations have been underway since 2008 between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.


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