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Leaders Fail To Agree on Property Issues

cyprus talksToday's face-to-face reunification negotiations between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu failed to make any headway on the topics of property and territory and was a 'fairly unsuccessful' meeting, said UN Special Advisor Alexander Downer.

"It was not a productive meeting and we look forward to next week’s meeting being much more productive," said Downer.

Christofias said that the meeting went badly and that efforts will be continued during the next tri-lateral meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York in January.

"What is needed is to put the details down. In Greentree we decided to establish a Committee (on property) but the Turkish-Cypriot side has not responded," said Christofias.

Downer said he will meet with the two leaders this week to work on the issues and see what progress can be made over the next week or so.

The meeting was held "in a very friendly atmosphere as they invariably are. Good personal relationships.  Meeting held in good humour but without productive results," said Downer.

The second Greentree summit is expected to be between January 22nd and 24th, he said.

Between October 30th-November 1st, Ban ki-Moon and Cyprus leaders Demetris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu had intensive talks at Greentree Estate in Manhasset in New York, with the main issues of governance, power-sharing, property and territory under discussion. Christofias said that bridging the differences by January would be difficult, but not impossible.

Ban k-Moon said that there is still work to be done.

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