Leaders to continue intensive talks in December, says Eide
President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, conclude their last of six intensive meetings held in November and on Wednesday are expected to announce the continuation of the same pace talks in December, focusing on all issues to determine areas of convergences.
Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the discussion in future meetings will inevitably extend to all aspects of the Cyprus problem, in order to identify convergences, as well as the points where substantial disagreements remain.
The aim, h said, is to identify the state of play and proceed subsequently with decisions on the next steps.
President Anastasiades and Special Adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General, Espen Barth Eide, discussed on Tuesday the possible dates and the content of future meetings with the Turkish Cypriot leader, within the framework of the UN-led peace talks.
The U.N. official said that the current conversation between the two leaders is taking place at a much more intense phase than ever before.
“We are moving forward,” but “we have still issues to deal with” he said, after the meeting with Anastasiades.
He spoke of the “significant interest from the international community” and noted a number of incoming visits, starting with that of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov next week. He will be followed by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and later by the Chinese Foreign Minister.
“We are also discussing how to make most of this international support, because any settlement will also have some international dimensions and UN dimensions to them,” Eide noted.
He added that discussions are taking place in good mood, noting that “its hard work”.
“We are moving forward, we have still issues to deal with,” Eide said.