Cypriot leaders discuss territory issue during latest round of UNbacked talks

2 July 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders discussed the issue of the territory that each of the two constituent States would occupy in a future federation during their latest round of United Nations-backed talks today. Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat exchanged preliminary views on the territory issue, according to remarks made by Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, following the discussions in Nicosia.Today’s discussions were only the latest round of UN-backed talks between the two leaders aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.In May 2008, the leaders committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.” The partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status. Mr. Zerihoun said the two leaders also discussed the follow-up to a recent agreement reached on the opening of the Limnitis-Kokkina crossings, and decided to discuss security issues at their next meeting, scheduled for 9 July.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place on the island since 1964, following the outbreak of inter-communal violence.

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