The two leaders in divided Cyprus are holding on Wednesday morning their final “very important” meeting in the current intensive round of UN-brokered talks aiming to reunite the island.
The government spokesman has said the meeting is “very important” in the sense that President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will be trying to bridge differences on tricky issues.
Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has also made clear that no joint statement which is much-opposed by opposition hardliner parties is expected from the leaders at the end of the meeting – only a press release.
“We see announcements almost daily referring to a joint communiqué and frankly I cannot understand what is behind it apart from causing confusion for something that is perfectly clear,” Christodoulides said.
“The press release itself is almost ready and does not concern the substance of the talks…the meeting is for substantive discussion on the chapters of the Cyprus problem and will not be confined to the issue of the press release,” he added.
Christodoulides also said Wednesday’s eighth and last intensive meeting is important because it will discuss aspects of the Cyprus problem on which there are currently disagreements.
Or difference in approach between the two sides on issues which have already been discussed with the leaders hoping that – through dialogue – prospects will be created for either understanding or convergences.
UN Cyprus envoy Espen Barth Eide is expected to read the press release at the end of Wednesday`s meeting – expected to conclude before 2pm local time.
Moreover, the two leaders are scheduled to meet the UN chief in New York on September 26, just after the Security Council Assembly comes to an end.
Before Wednesday’s meeting, Anastasiades and Akinci will be presented with a book on the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), in the presence of all three committee members.