Lead­ers to con­tinue in­ten­sive talks in De­cem­ber, says Eide

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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.

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