United Nations Cyprus Talks Committee admin
Throughout its presence in Cyprus the United Nations has provided its assistance to the two main communities in their attempts to bridge their differences. Today, the United Nations is once again facilitating efforts to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem. The Organization has stepped up its engagement in Cyprus as a result of positive movement on the ground. On 21 March 2008, the then newly elected President of the Republic of Cyprus, and leader of the Greek Cypriot community, Demetris Christofias, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed to restart full-fledged negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General. Hailing the commitment of the two leaders to put an end to the long-running conflict on the island, the Secretary-General pledged his full support to the peace process and revived his good offices mission in Cyprus, under the leadership of SASG Mr. Espen Barth Eide.
Cyprus was a colony of UK until 1960. Ever since then, there has been conflict between Greeks and Turks, from murders to raids against one another’s villages. Their acts against each other arise from their need of self-defence upon their convinced enemies, usually done as a reprisal. After the attempts to take control over Cyprus and the determination to keep their rights of governing, there have been many attempts to come to an agreement. First step, and the foundation of Cyprus Republic, was Zurich Treaty. With the declaration of Cyprus Republic both sides quit on the policy of being the sole government of Cyprus, though the conflict appeared to have continued. Over at Cyprus Talks the representatives of all sides are going to do their best to obtain the harmony over the island that have been dealing with major conflicts. Unlike the previous talks, they are expected to come up with the best prospective consensual solutions rather than ending with an incompatibility, as were in the past negotiations.