Anastasiades and Akinci to meet today in the framework of Cyprus talks

Anastasiades and Akinci to meet today in the framework of Cyprus talks

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, will hold today a new meeting in the framework of the intensified UN–led talks to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

Their meeting will take place as usual at the UN protected area, in the now defunct Nicosia airport.

The two leaders were to meet on Tuesday as well but their meeting was postponed after a request from President Anastasiades, due to the massive fires that raged on the mountains of Troodos.

Last Friday the two leaders embarked on an intensified process with meetings twice a week in a bid to resolve the remaining outstanding issues in an agreed structured manner.

President Anastasiades told the press after Friday`s meeting that there was progress and the meeting was a productive one.

He added that there is a solid ground to conclude the issue of the competencies of the central government and those of the constituent states, noting that in the next meeting the two leaders will discuss the issue of the federal government competencies to conclude international treaties and the issue of cooperation agreements between the federal state and the constituent states.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, held a meeting during which they discussed a document on the federal competencies.

The negotiators` meeting took place under the auspices of UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, and the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar.

The two negotiators will also have a meeting on Friday.

The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have been engaged in UN-led talks since May last year. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.