Latest Cyprus Talks Positive and Vigorous

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the latest round of talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders aimed at finding a settlement for the divided island have been “positive, productive, and vigorous.”

Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu met Sunday at the Greentree Estate outside New York City — a site frequently used by the United Nations for high-level talks.

U.N. Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer says the talks focused on issues that have been holding up a final settlement, including power-sharing and property rights.

There were no breakthroughs at Sunday's talks. But Downer says the secluded and tranquil setting of the Greentree Estate is much more inviting than a stark conference room at U.N. headquarters.

Both Cypriot leaders plan to meet again Monday with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before leaving New York.

Cyprus has been split between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north since 1974. Turkish troops invaded the island in response to a military coup aimed at uniting all of Cyprus with Greece.

The international community only recognizes the Greek-led south as the government of Cyprus.