The Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders met on Thursday to find a lasting solution to Cyprus question. President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias had a meeting at the buffer zone in Lefkosa within the framework of ongoing Cyprus negotiations. Talat and Christofias discussed property issue during their Thursday's meeting, Alexander Downer, the United Nations (UN) secretary general's special adviser on Cyprus, told reporters after the two-hour meeting.

Downer said Talat and Christofias expressed their stance on the property issue.

The UN adviser said the representatives of the two leaders would meet next Thursday to go on debating the same topic.

The leaders will come together again on October 27, and discuss administration and share of power, execution, authorities of the federal government and international relations in that meeting.

Gaining independence from the UK in 1960, Cyprus became a bi-communal Republic where Greek and Turkish Cypriot constituent communities would share power guaranteed by the UK, Turkey and Greece. However, reluctant to share power and pursuing a policy of Enosis (Union) with Greece, Greek Cypriots soon expelled Turkish Cypriots from power and terrorised and ghettoised them.

Decades long armed attacks on the defenseless Turkish Cypriots culminated in 1974 when an Athens-backed Greek Cypriot military coup on the island led to Turkey's intervention based on its rights stemming from guarantor agreement.

Although the Republic of Cyprus as described in the 1959 agreements is no longer there, Greek Cypriots continue to enjoy this title and international recognition while the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a fully democratic government representing Turkish Cypriots, still suffers under an unfair political and economic blockade.

Cyprus joined the EU as a divided island when Greek Cypriots in the south rejected the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004 even though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported it.

The promise made by EU foreign ministers before the referendums to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and establish direct trade with north Cyprus remains unfulfilled.