Cyprus. Direct negotiations between Cyprus President
Dimitris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot colleague
Mehmet Ali Talat continued during the year. During the fall,
they both met twice a week for property, EU relations,
finance and territorial negotiations. However, a solution
seemed distant, especially since the nationalists won the
re-election to the Turkish Cypriot Parliament on April 19.
The National Unity Party (UBP) received 44 percent of the
vote and 26 of 50 seats, an increase of seven seats. The
largest party in the outgoing coalition government, the
Republican Turkish Party (CTP), received 29 percent and 15
seats, a nine-seat drop. The turnout was 81 percent.
leader Derviş Eroğlu formed a new government.
The European Court of Justice ruled on April 28 that
Greek Cypriot Meletis Apostolides was entitled to recover
land that his family lost in Northern Cyprus in connection
with the Turkish invasion of the area in 1974. Approximately
200,000 Greek Cypriots were estimated to have similar
claims, which complicated the negotiations considerably.
The remains of President Tassos Papadopoulos were stolen
from his grave in Nicosia the night of December 11.
Papadopoulos was president in 2003-08 and died in December
2008. Police took the help of Interpol in the hunt for the