Cyprus reunification talks to continue

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on Monday met in Nicosia to continue talks on the reunification of the divided Mediterranean Island nation of Cyprus, the United Nations said. The UN-supported talks will focus its current round to the issue of property. The talks, which lasted over two hours, involved Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Dervis Eroglu.

The meetings will continue later this week with representatives of the two sides. The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders will meet again on November 1. The talks were reported as being fairly complex as there are numerous complex claims to resolve related to property seized decades ago.

In 2008, the two Cypriot leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions which resulted in the beginning of the talks.

Since 1964, the United Nations established a peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP in Cyprus following an outbreak of inter-communal violence.

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