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This story about the deadlock in talks about the reunification of Cyprus was published by EurActiv on 3rd December 2010.

As UN-mediated talks on the reunification of Cyprus stagnate, representatives from both sides of the divided island accused each other of bad faith during separate visits to Brussels.

The reunification talks, which are now entangled in the difficult chapter of property claims, may not be successful, UN Special Representative on Cyprus Alexander Downer was quoted as saying in Nicosia by the local press yesterday (2 December).

Making their case in Brussels at two separate events, high-level diplomats from both sides confirmed talks were reaching a dead end.

Mehmet Ali Talat, a former negotiator from the so-called ‘Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic’, which is recognised only by Ankara, said a solution was elusive.

“Unfortunately, we are not expecting any good development,” Talat said at a meeting organised by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Brussels.

The former Turkish Cypriot negotiator, who was replaced by hardliner Dervi? Ero?lu after elections in the northern part of the island in April, said important progress had been made during his time on the issue of future power sharing.

But now, he said talks were bogged down due to Greek Cypriot intransigence. “The EU caused my overthrow,” Talat said, suggesting that Brussels had not put enough pressure on Nicosia to compromise. The Turkish Cypriots then elected a hardliner to replace him.

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