Home > News > World
Tuesday February 11, 2014 MYT 7:40:12 PM
Tuesday February 11, 2014 MYT 7:41:03 PM
by michele kambas
NICOSIA (Reuters) - Leaders of ethnically split Cyprus agreed to work towards a new system of power sharing on Tuesday, in a bid to end a bitter and long-running conflict frustrating Turkey's hopes of joining the EU and complicating its relations with Greece.
Representatives of the island's two largest ethnic groups, Greeks and Turks, said they would seek to forge a two-zone federation reuniting the island, which has been split for decades.
"The leaders expressed their determination to resume structured negotiations in a results-oriented manner," said Lisa Buttenheim, the resident United Nations envoy on the island, reading from a joint statement.
Flanked by the two leaders, the joint statement Buttenheim read out did not differ significantly from previous proclamations of an aspired peace deal on the Mediterranean island, but served more to reassure the sides of the boundaries in talks. Peace talks stalled in mid-2012.
Nicos Anastasiades, president of the internationally recognised Cypriot government, and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will now leave key negotiators to thrash out the minutiae of any deal, the detail where talks typically flounder.
Cyprus's Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been estranged since 1974, when Turkey invaded the island's north after a brief Greek-inspired coup, though the seeds of partition were sown years earlier soon after independence from Britain in 1960.
Power sharing, redrawing property boundaries and the claims of thousands of displaced persons are key issues in the conflict. Any agreement must be put to separate referendums to the two communities.
Talks take place in a United Nations compound which once served as the island's main international airport, settled on a plateau overlooking Nicosia, Cyprus's divided capital.
The crumbling facade of the airport's terminal, now locked up, was visible from the talks complex with the bullet riddled shell of a Cyprus Airways aircraft abandoned in fighting.
Cyprus's partition is a headache for the European Union. The island is represented in the EU by its Greek Cypriots, with veto-wielding rights over Turkey's wish to join the bloc.
(This refiled version of the story removes the garble from headline)
Cyprus leaders determined to resume 'result-oriented talks' - U.N.
Leaders of divided Cyprus resolve new try at power-sharing deal
Hezbollah chief says he met Qatari envoy in recent days
Five crew killed in Canaries cruise ship safety drill
U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganization'
Botswana president's party secures election victory
Germany's Merkel deals blow to UK on EU migration reform - Sunday Times
Tunisians vote for new parliament, hope for full democracy
Brazil votes in tight presidential runoff split along class lines
Major party supports move to extend Burkina Faso leader's rule
Google flags bit.ly links as malware
The Paying Guests
Penang BN wants state govt to explain theme park closure
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)