Cyprus leaders to decide on next steps in settlement talks

Cyprus leaders to decide on next steps in settlement talks

The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus are holding on Wednesday the last in a series of six meetings, that were conducted in November, in the framework of intensified talks for a Cyprus settlement.

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are meeting at 10.00am local time in the UN protected area of the now defunct Nicosia airport, in the presence of Espen Barth Eide, the Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Cyprus.

The leaders are expected to to take stock of discussions so far and decide on the next steps. A relevant public statement is expected at the end of the meeting.

Yesterday, Eide said, after meeting with President Anastasiades, that in today`s meeting the leaders will “take stock and then there will be more meetings in December”.

He also expressed the satisfaction of the two sides and of the UN on the way intensified talks are structured, noting that “this way of organizing talks has been very constructive”.

From his part, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said yesterday that the aim of future meetings will be to conclude the discussion on all aspects of the Cyprus problem, in order to identify convergences and substantial disagreements.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed last May.