The United Nations Secretary General commended both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos (Switzerland) just a few days ago, for the significant progress and their ongoing commitment to the peace process in Cyprus but acknowledged that there were many “sensitive and difficult” issues remaining. Both sides report that a deal has not yet been concluded, and the issues of territory, property and compensation remain
The UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon also urged Cyprus guarantor powers Greece, Britain and Turkey to do all they can to support the leaders in their talks.
The President of the TRNC Mustafa Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades pledged their continued commitment to reaching a settlement for reunification of their divided island and appealed for financial support.
During an interview at Davos with Reuters (Financial & Business News Media Group) Anastasiades said that billions of euros in international aid would be needed to resolve property issues, and that if Britain were to return some of the land it has for sovereign military bases in Cyprus it would be a great help.
In the last attempt to reach a settlement in 2004, the Turkish Cypriots accepted a UN peace plan but were left isolated when the Greek Cypriots rejected the plan and joined the EU as a divided island.
The 2 current leaders are of the same generation and seem to be the last chance to reunite the island because the next generation have never known anything but division.
The newly found hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean could be both an incentive for settlement and a source of peace and cooperation instead of tension and conflict.
"At a time when Europe is enduring a deep crisis, primarily linked to the tragic events unfolding in Cyprus' immediate neighborhood, myself and Mustafa are working tirelessly to reunify our country," Anastasiades said.
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