1984 Proximity Talks

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The statehood declaration did not end the negotiation process. In August 1984 the two sides met UN Secretary General Pérez de Cuéllar in Vienna. They agreed to proximity talks, that its, talks in which the portier do not meet directly, but communicate through an intermediary. These talks began in New York in September. After three months, Pérez de Cuéllar determined that the differences between the two sides had narrowed enough to allow for a direct summit between the two leaders. That meeting took place in New York on January 17, 1985.

The 1985 summit was in some ways a watershed in Cypriot settlement efforts, because it altered, at least temporarily, external observers' perceptions of the sources of the stalemate, and because it represented the beginning of a phase of settlement efforts. But that phase would come to an end in early 1990.

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Source: U.S. Library of Congress