Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash began a new round of talks at the United Nations (UN) in New York on October 15.
1. SVs & GVs Officials waiting in conference room (3 shots) 0.13
2. GV Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou enters room and shakes hands with everyone before sitting down (2 shots) 0.45
3. GV Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash enters room, followed by UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, they sit down, with Denktash opposite Kyprianou (2 shots) 1.12
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Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash began a new round of talks at the United Nations (UN) in New York on October 15. The talks, aimed at establishing a federal system of government on the divided island, were held in the presence of UN Secretary-General sat at the same table -- previously the formula used was "proximity talks" where the Cypriot leaders sat in two separate rooms and Perez de Cuellar held a double dialogue. This was because the Greek Cypriots feared that to sit at the same negotiating table would imply recognition of the Turkish-Cypriot secessionist state. The Turkish army intervened in Cyprus in 1971 and since then has occupied one third of the island, and the Turkish community recently made a unilateral declaration of independence. The agenda for the current talks was reported to include the possible handing back by the Turkish Cypriots of about three per cent of the territory, which could pave the way for the return of some of the 170,000 refugees who fled the Turkish invasion. Discussions were also due on the composition of a Parliament and the divisions of decision making. Denktash was reported to have proposed a Turkish troop withdrawal, to begin once the federal state was established.