President Anastasiades holds telephone conversation with UNSG

President Anastasiades holds telephone conversation with UNSG

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades had on Friday a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has announced via his twitter account.

Their conversation took place in the wake of the events that took place in Constantinople earlier this week, on the sidelines of the UN World Humanitarian Summit, which Anastasiades attended.

Anastasiades decided on Monday evening not to attend a dinner hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the honour of the Heads of State and Government which attended the Summit, after he learned that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was invited to the dinner and was going to attend it. Moreover, Akinci had a meeting in Istanbul with Ban, in the presence of the latter`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, something which also caused Nicosia`s reactions.

Following these events, Anastasiades decided to cancel his meeting on Thursday, in Nicosia, with Eide, as well as his meeting on Friday with Akinci, in the framework of the UN-led talks which aim to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.