Greek Cypriot negotiator arrives in Ankara for talks

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mavroyannis arrives in Turkey's capital as both the Greek and Turkish sides' negotiators are ready to engage in dialogue with foreign ministry officials.

Mavroyannis arrives in Turkey's capital as both the Greek and Turkish sides' negotiators are ready to engage in dialogue with foreign ministry officials.

ANKARA - The Greek Cypriot administration's negotiator, Andreas Mavroyannis, has arrived in Ankara on Wednesday to hold talks with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary, Feridun Sinirlioglu as part of the efforts to find a solution to decades-long dispute over the divided island of Cyprus.

Kudret Ozersay, the negotiator from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is to simultaneously meet Greek Foreign Ministry Secretary General Anastassis Mitsialis, in the Greek capital of Athens.

After almost a two-year-long pause, Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders held their first meeting last week, issuing a joint declaration that outlines the way forward for a solution to the crisis that has gripped the island for half a century.

The declaration recommends recognizing the equal status of the two states, while aiming to bring the divided communities closer under a federal government.

The Greek Cypriot administration is a member of the European Union (EU) and recognized internationally, except by Turkey who only recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

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