UN Secretary Behind Turkish & Cypriot Talks For New Government

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The United Nations Ban Ki-moon is the stimulus behind talks between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriots which are taking place this week, The talks between the two sides may see an agreement for a single government to control the disputed area. The plan would would help to see an end to the disputes that have blighted Turkish Cypriot land and property rights.


The United Nations-sponsored talks seek the reunification of the Mediterranean island and may end the expensive deployment of  the peacekeeping force on the island. The UNs force known as UNFICYP has a current strength of nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff.


Talks in the past have always resulted in collapse however the backing of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon may be what the two sides needed to be forced into compromise.


 In a recent report about the Cypriot Turkish situation Ban Ki-moon warned that the talks could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months.


Alexander Downer, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, told reporters in Nicosia after the fresh round of talks.


“There were, it has to be said, differences of opinion expressed,” said Mr. Downer. “Both leaders agreed that what they would do is they would refer the issue to the Representatives who will discuss this on Tuesday, when they meet at the UN offices,” he said.

The talks may well see the setting up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot constituent states of equal status.


Overseas property buyers seeking a home in Cyprus have traditionally hesitated  when buying property in Northern Cyprus. Many advisors say that homes with title deeds before 1974 are the best types of homes to buy in the region. Others advise to shy away from buying property in Northern Cyprus until the situation has been resolved

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