Turkish Cyprus elects rightist president

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 19 (UPI) -- Turkish Cypriots elected a new rightist, pro-independence president, Dervis Eroglu, preliminary data indicated Monday.

Nationalist Eroglu wins in Northern Cyprus

LEFKOSA, Cyprus, April 18 (UPI) -- Nationalist Dervis Eroglu has defeated incumbent Mehmet Ali Talat in the Northern Cyprus presidential election, officials said Sunday.

Ban optimistic on Cyprus peace talks

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after talks with leaders in Cyprus said he is optimistic the conflict over the divided island will soon be resolved.

Envoy: Cyrpus talks making progress

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Cypriot leaders discussing reunification of the Greek and Turkish sectors of the island are making progress, a U.N. official said Thursday.

Cypriot leaders resume unification talks

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met Wednesday for United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at unifying the island.

Greek, Turkish leaders meet in Nicosia

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders met in the divided capital of Nicosia to discuss the island's 34-year political division.

Turkish official concerned about talks

ANKARA, Turkey, July 31 (UPI) -- A Turkish military official says he is concerned about talks to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Northern Cyprus head expects new country

NICOSIA, Cyprus, June 6 (UPI) -- Mehmet Ali Talat, president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, says he is optimistic about a new unified Cypriot state.

Cyprus reunification talks set

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 19 (UPI) -- Talks regarding the reunification of the island of Cyprus will take place at the end of June, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said Saturday.

Significant crossing opens in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 3 (UPI) -- A politically significant crossing in Nicosia opened Thursday allowing Greek and Turkish Cypriots to travel in the world's only divided capital.

U.N. clears Ledra crossing for opening

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 27 (UPI) -- Officials completed an ordnance sweep in preparation for the opening of the Ledra Street crossing point in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Cypriots pave way for unity talks

ANKARA, Turkey, March 21 (UPI) -- Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to take steps together to begin negotiations for a Cyprus reunification.

Cyprus leader warns against U.N. plan

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 14 (UPI) -- The leader of the Greek population in Cyprus said Friday that reunification talks would be further stalled if Turkish Cypriots moved ahead with a U.N. plan.

Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to meet

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 12 (UPI) -- After decades of disputes over sovereignty, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to hold direct talks under U.N. auspices.

Talks between Cypriot leaders inconclusive

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Talks between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Mehmet Ali Talat, a leader in Turkish Cyprus, produced no agreement on a reunification plan.
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Mehmet Ali Talat (born July 6, 1952) is the current President of the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (or KKTC in Turkish), which controls the northern third of the island of Cyprus, but is unrecognized by any nation except Turkey and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Because the UN does not recognize the TRNC it treats Mehmet Ali Talat as bona fide negotiator for the Turkish Cypriot community of the Republic of Cyprus. He was the leader of the left wing Republican Turkish Party (Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi). He became prime minister in 2004, and subsequently won the Presidential election held on 17 April 2005. Talat was inaugurated on 25 April 2005, succeeding retiring President Rauf Denktaş.

Talat was born in Kyrenia on July 6, 1952 . Completing his secondary education in Cyprus, Talat graduated from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.

Involved in various political activities since he was a university student, Talat continued after he returned to Cyprus, and played an important role in the establishment of Turkish Cypriot trade unions and the Turkish Cypriot Students' Youth Federation (KOGEF), becoming the first chairman of its executive board.

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