The Elders group visits Turkish Cypriot leader

September 12, 2009, Saturday/ 16:36:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday received members of The Elders group at his office in Lefkoşa, to discuss the Cyprus peace efforts.

The delegation, which consisted of Lakhdar Brahimi, a former special representative of the UN secretary-general and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, and former Norwegian Foreign Minister Gro Brundtland, was due to meet Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias later in the day.

The Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders working to support peace in the world's major complicated disputes, earlier had meetings in Ankara and Athens. The group is currently focusing on peace efforts in Cyprus, divided between Turkish and Greek sections. The group does not intend to intervene in the process of talks between Talat and Christofias, underway since September to reunite the island, they simply want to listen to the views of the two parties and support the solution efforts, the Anatolia news agency cited officials as saying.

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