The leaders of the two halves of Cyprus are due to meet today for the first time in two years. The President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat, are meeting to discuss the fate of those officially missing since the time of the division of the island in 1974, some 2,000 people, when Turkey invaded the north following a coup led by Greek nationalists seeking union with Greece.
Whilst the purpose of the meeting is limited, it is viewed as significant that it is happening at all. The last talks were held in 2004, shortly before the UN referendum on reuniting Cyprus was held on both halves of the island, in which the Turkish Cypriots accepted the plan but the Greek Cypriots rejected it.
3 July 2006