Negotiators from the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus met in Nicosia on Friday (20 May) to probe ways of reducing their differences.
GV & CU Checkpoint, newsmen being checked a they pass through (4 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Ledra Palace Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus
GV Mr. Umit Onan, Turkish-Cypriot negotiator, arrives, is greeted and moves inside
GV Mr. Tassos Papadopalous Greek-cypriot negotiator (light suit and moustache) arrives
SV Officials seated inside at conference table PAN TO Papadopalous
CU Mr. Onan
GV INTERIOR Meeting in progress
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Background: Negotiators from the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus met in Nicosia on Friday (20 May) to probe ways of reducing their differences. However, the gap between the two sides is so wide that observers considered the meeting more as a means of keeping negotiation machinery ticking over, and did not expect any great advance towards a settlement.
SYNOPSIS: As usual, security was very tight as the negotiators filed into the Ledra Palace Hotel for the talks, with united Nations' soldiers checking every vehicle and new arrival. Observers believed the negotiators hoped mainly to work out a formula for getting Turkish Cypriots to give back part of the land seized by invading Turkish mainland troops in July, 1974. If enough land was returned, it was hoped Greek cypriot leaders would agree to a loose bi-zonal federation.
Mr. Umit Onan led the Turkish-Cypriot ??? am at the talks which had come about through prompting from the United Nations, the United States and Common Market countries.
Mr. Tassos Papadopalous was chief negotiator for the Greek-Cypriot group.
The two sides were pledged to discuss territorial and constitutional subjects, but they all realised any real progress was impossible until the parliamentary elections in Turkey on June the fifth have been completed. It is thought that only the emergence of a flexible single-party Turkish government can break the Cyprus deadlock.