Turkish Cypriot leader says there is not one nation in Cyprus .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} It is "quite clear" that there is not "one nation" in Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said on Friday.

A process that would turn Cyprus into a unitary state by claiming that there was "one nation" in the island could not be approved by the Turkish party, Talat was quoted by Anatolian Agency as saying at a gathering in the Turkish Cypriot province of Gazimagusa.
"If there was one nation in Cyprus, there would not be any necessity for the political equality of two communities and for a federation. Some suggestions resemble such an approach, which disturbs us," Talat said.
He also said none of the suggestions he introduced during the negotiation process was based on a principle other than the establishment of a federation.
He said the Greek Cypriot party's allegations claiming that "his suggestions referred to a confederation" were unrealistic.
has been divided since 1964 when Turkish Cypriots were forced to withdraw into enclaves. Talat and his Greek Cypriot counterpart Demetris Christofias began peace talks in September after a four-year hiatus, marking the first major push for peace since the failure of a U.N. reunification plan in 2004, which was approved by Turkish Cypriots but overwhelmingly rejected by Greek Cypriots.
Despite twelve face-to-face meetings, the two sides have made little tangible progress. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 5, 2009. There will be follow-up meetings on Jan. 12 and 16.
"If we had started working on a specific plan, we would have caught the speed we desired," Talat said.
Talat also said Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties would start debating the "property" issue, which he described as "the most complicated" matter between the parties, as of Jan. 16.