President to meet Ban and Putin and speak to Biden on Cyprus

President to meet Ban and Putin and speak to Biden on Cyprus

President Nicos Anastasiades is expected over the next days to speak on the phone with US Vice President Joe Biden and meet in person with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Vladimir Putin, to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, ahead of the resumption of inter-communal talks.

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides announced on Tuesday the President`s contacts, immediately after the meeting between President Anastasiades and UN SG` Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, held at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia.

“They had a very good meeting” Christodoulides said, noting that the two men exchanged views over the next steps.

The President reiterated his commitment to a substantial and frank dialogue, that will build on a positive outlook for the termination of Cyprus` Turkish occupation and the reunification of the country, the Government Spokesman added.

He said they also discussed Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to work in parallel with and reinforce the negotiations` process.

Christodoulides announced that the President of the Republic will meet with Ban on May 9, in Moscow, on the sidelines of the Victory Day Parade. On the meeting with President Putin, Christodoulides said that it takes place at the request of President Anastasiades.

He said that no date has been set yet for the resumption of Cyprus talks, pointing to a possible announcement on Monday, after the dinner between the President and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community. The goal of both sides is to resume the peace talks within May, he added.

On the imminent meeting between Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Turkey`s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Christodoulides commented that “we follow the developments and the ongoing public discourse and we will wait to see the results of this meeting”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A new round of UN-backed talks is expected to commence in the following weeks with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.