Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

57 000 little problems

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The Sarkozy 'threat'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

World Cup humiliation for host nation

Read more

DEBATE

Israel and the Palestinians: How to Break the Cycle of Violence?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Somalia : Al Shebab attack on presidential palace

Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

  • Alps Murder wife had ex-husband who died on same day

    Read more

  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says

    Read more

  • Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • Ukraine imposes new conditions on peace talks with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

  • Sarkozy's UMP party 'almost €80 million in debt'

    Read more

Greek Cypriot poll spells hope for reunification

©

Latest update : 2008-02-25

Thirty-four years after the island's partition, Turkish Cypriot president Mehmet Ali Talat urged his newly elected Greek counterpart to hold fresh reunification talks. FRANCE 24's Jasper Mortimer reports from Nicosia, Cyprus.

NICOSIA - Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat urged newly elected Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias to engage "as soon as possible" in fresh peace talks aimed at reuniting their divided Mediterranean island.
 

"I genuinely congratulate Mr Christofias and I call on him to cooperate in the process of negotiations which should start as soon as possible," Talat told a televised news conference in the divided Cypriot capital of Nicosia.
 

"I want to reiterate that we on the Turkish Cypriot side are ready for a resumption of talks," he added.
 

Communist party leader Christofias won Sunday's presidential election in the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot south of Cyprus and said he wanted to meet Talat, leader of the breakaway north, to revive the stalled reunification drive.
 

Cyprus's partition along ethnic lines is an obstacle to Turkey's bid to join the European Union and a source of contention between NATO allies Turkey and Greece.
 

"We are hoping for the start of a new era in Cyprus," Talat said, adding that Turkish Cypriots wanted a settlement that respected the political equality of both ethnic communities.
 

Cyprus has been partitioned since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north to protect its ethnic kin following a Greek Cypriot coup backed by the military junta then ruling Greece.
 

Reunification efforts broke down in 2004 when Greek Cypriots, taking their cue from then-president Tassos Papadopoulos, rejected a U.N. peace plan that was supported by Talat and Turkish Cypriot voters.
 

Shortly after, the Greek Cypriots joined the EU as the Republic of Cyprus, leaving the Turkish Cypriots out in the cold. Only Ankara recognises Talat's self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
 

"Rejecting a solution again would cause irreparable destruction," Talat said.
 

Date created : 2008-02-25

Comments

COMMENT(S)