International conference on reunification of the Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus in Geneva ended inconclusively. Now work will continue at the expert level, after which it will be possible new round of negotiations, according to DW.
«To start with, experts from all sides will meet on 18 January,» — said the representative of the government of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Hristodulidis.
According to the foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias, the group of experts should submit a report on the weapons and troops stationed in Cyprus — Greek and Turkish — and then negotiations can resume on January 23.
The most problematic part of the negotiations is the question of ownership, which belonged to Greek Cypriots before the Turkish invasion in 1974. The parties must agree on whether to give this property to the Greeks or to pay compensation and, if so, in what amount.
The parties have to discuss the question of stay of Turkish troops on the island, whose number is estimated at 30 thousand people. You also need to decide who will be the guarantor of the implementation agreement, the EU or Britain, where there are two military bases.
Recall that in may 2016 the leaders of Cyprus after a year of consultation were in favour of unification.
Negotiations in November, have stalled due to disagreements on the distribution of zones of control between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
Previous peace UN plan for Cyprus was rejected by the Greek Cypriots in 2004.
The island of Cyprus remains divided into two parts since 1974 when Turkey invaded Cyprus in response to coup attempt unite the island with Greece. The island was divided into the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and recognized in the world the Republic of Cyprus in the South.
The Cyprus conflict is the main obstacle to Turkey joining the European Union because of Ankara’s refusal to recognize Cyprus.
Negotiations on the reunification of Cyprus ended without result 13.01.2017