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UN envoy Lute to meet Cyprus leaders again on Monday

September 2, 2019 at 6:54am
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UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute on Monday will meet again in Nicosia with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci within efforts to reach agreement on the terms of reference paving the way towards the resumption of Cyprus reunification talks.

Anastasiades’ meeting with Lute will take place at the Presidential Palace at 1100 local time (0800GMT). Anastasiades also met on Sunday morning with Lute who arrived in Cyprus on Saturday.

The UNSG’s special envoy had a meeting on Sunday afternoon with Akinci, after which the latter’s spokesperson Barış Burcu said that the two will meet again on Monday, after midday, at Lute’s request.

After President Anastasiades’ Sunday talks with Lute, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that it was a productive meeting which focused on the UN envoy’s mandate to formulate the terms of reference for the resumption of the negotiations.

Prodromou also said that Anastasiades “outlined his positions and his positive approach on the resumption of the negotiations” and also raised the matter of Turkey’s illegal actions within Cyprus’ EEZ and territorial waters, according to CNA.

The President also raised the serious issue of illegal interventions and announcements regarding the fenced–off part of the Turkish-held city of Famagusta.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 after Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.

 

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