The fourth round of Cyprus talks finished on Wednesday (10 September) without any agreement or progress between the Turkish and Greek-Cypriot leaders of the divided island.
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Background: The fourth round of Cyprus talks finished on Wednesday (10 September) without any agreement or progress between the Turkish and Greek-Cypriot leaders of the divided island.
According to reports from New York, Greek-Cypriot leader Mr. Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mr. Rauf Denktash met only briefly with United Nations Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim.
Observers said that in their talks the two leaders did little more than register disagreement and then adjourn.
The possibility of further talks also remains uncertain and a communique issued by Doctor Waldheim only said that the parties involved would maintain contact about the date of a new meeting -- "that would be decided in the light of developments".
After the talks, Mr. Clerides told reporters that the Turkish Government was to blame for the impasse, by not carrying out a pledge to submit proposals for Turkish troop withdrawals from the island.
Mr. clerides also said that Mr. Denktash wasn't responsible for the failure of the talks. Mr. Clerides explained that without the proposals no discussion of substantive issues was possible. he said that a great opportunity had been missed -- no progress had been made.
Reports from the United Nations said that the Turkish side did not put forward any proposals because of Turkey's pre-occupation with arms embargo imposed by the United States Congress and the imminence of elections in October.
meanwhile, thousands of Turkish troops remain stationed on Cyprus. They are there, says the Turkish Government, to protect Turkish-Cypriots. Their continued presence is regarded by the Greek Government in Athens and the Greek-Cypriots as evidence the Turks are maintaining a hard line on retaining the land they occupied after their invasion of Cyprus.
The invasion followed the uprising by the Greek Cypriot activist organisation EOKA-B that forced the island's Greek Cypriot President, Archbishop Makarios to flee. He later returned but in the meantime the Turks acted to "defend" the Turkish Cypriots.