Cypriots feel increasing UN pressure following leaders' meeting with Ban (2)

15:18, November 20, 2010      

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These involved withdrawing Turkish troops and mainland Turkish settlers, reaching an agreement on abolishing guarantee arrangements and ceding occupied territory to the Greek Cypriot community.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey sent troops and occupied northern Cyprus in response to a coup by Greek army officers.

Kyprianou went along with a statement by Christofias, who is also the President of the internationally recognized Cyprus Republic, that no pressure was brought on by the UN and no attempt was made to arbitrate or set a time limit for a solution.

However, DISY party leader Nicos Anastasiades said that by fixing the Geneva meeting the United Nations will closely watch over and exercise control over the negotiations to make sure that progress is made.

DISY has been advocating for a long time a change in the procedure to directly involve Turkey in the negotiations. It argued that Ankara is holding the key to a solution, being the party which will decide on troops withdrawal and returning occupied land.

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