Peace Talks - The Usual Courtesies, But No Deal On Core Issues - Analysts
The fifth trilateral meeting at Greentree Estate between UN Secretary-general Ban ki-Moon, President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has wrapped up with the usual courtesies of shared dinners and handshakes, but no real deal is expected on the core issues in reunification talks, say political analysts.
The two-day talks finished at 4.30pm yesterday in New York and Ban ki-Moon is expected to make an announcement later today regarding the outcome.
UN Secretary-general Ban ki-Moon spent 12 hours in 'intense' talks on presidency, property and citizenship issues with President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, said UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer from New York.
"The Secretary-general made his expectations clear...that he is looking for the leaders to make decisive moves. He also reminded the two leaders that they must keep the big vision of a United Cyprus in their sights.," said Downer.
Christofias is negotiating under strict instruction from the National Council under which he is not allowed to agree to any deadlines or international conferences unless the fundamentals of property, governance and power-sharing are agreed.
In earlier comments, Christofias said that although the Greek-Cypriot side will willingly attend Greentree, he doubts that anything will be accomplished. The talks are based on a federal solution with a central government and one international identity, but the Turkish-Cypriot side is negotiating on the basis of two separate states and Eroglu has moved away from previously-agreed terms with former leader Mehmet Ali Talat, according to his statements.
If the two sides cannot agree, then there will be complete deadlock and Ban ki-Moon will have to consider the next steps and discuss them with the leaders, said UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer in earlier statements.
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