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Yearbook 2000

Cyprus. According to COUNTRYAAH, Greek Cypriots leader Glafkos Klerides and Turkish Cypriots Rauf Denktash negotiated on a number of occasions during the summer and autumn through a mediator on the future of the shared island. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan reported on November 9 that the parties had left the procedural issues behind and discussed crucial issues.

2000 Cyprus

A rapprochement between the island's two groups of Turkish Cypriots, who control northern Cyprus, and the Greek Cypriots, who control the southern part of the island, could be seen in April in connection with an appeal for bone marrow for two sick children, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot. The response from both Greek and Turkish Cypriots was overwhelming when it came to both children.

Denktash won the presidential election in the Turkish-controlled zone of Northern Cyprus on April 15, thus beginning his fourth five-year term as the area's leader. Denktash got 43.7% of the vote in the first round, while the challenger, Prime Minister Derviş Eroğlu, got 30.1%. A second round of elections was planned, but Eroğlu withdrew his candidacy, after which Denktash was declared to have won the election.

Negotiations on membership in the EU continued during the year. In November, the EU pointed to important structural reforms that had been implemented, including: VAT has been increased from 8 to 10% and the health care system is being reformed. But the EU also pointed to changes that remain, in particular reduced government intervention in the economy and improved border control.

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