The positive and constructive dialogue between the two leaders in Cyprus continues to create forward momentum, UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said, following a meeting here between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in the framework of the UN-led negotiations aiming to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.
Eide said in his statement that the two leaders concentrated their discussion on the current state of play, and in particular on property and governance-related matters and that they reaffirmed their commitment to maintain and build upon these efforts between now and their next meeting on 14 September.
Eide said that today the leaders renewed efforts to achieve their shared goal of reaching a comprehensive settlement as swiftly as possible and that they reviewed the significant and substantive work done by the negotiators (Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami) and their teams since their last meeting on 27 July. Today`s meeting was the first after a one-month summer break and took place at the Good Offices in the United Nations Protected Area, in Nicosia.
Recalling that the negotiators met 11 times, Eide said that Mavroyiannis and Nami increased the frequency of their meetings and deepened their discussions on core issues to push forward progress both leaders want to see. “They have maintained their clear focus on reaching a mutually beneficial solution for all. When necessary they have called upon the presence of members of the Working Groups of Experts, particularly on issues related to Property, the Economy and EU matters,” he noted, adding that the Working Groups of Experts have also met separately, equipped with guidance from the negotiators.
“The positive and constructive dialogue between the two leaders continues to create forward momentum. Today, they concentrated their discussion on the current state of play, and in particular on property and governance-related matters. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to maintain and build upon these efforts between now and their next meeting on 14 September,” Eide said in his statement, flanked by the two leaders.
He noted that the negotiators will continue to meet intensively between leaders’ meetings in support of this endeavour. They will meet on an almost daily basis in the two weeks ahead.
UN-led meetings between Anastasiades and Akinci began in May this year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY