Akıncı and Anastasiades came together at 9.00 this morning for their meeting which lasted around 5 hours.
Following the meeting the UNSG’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide who was also present at the meeting made a short statement in which he said that the two leaders met in a positive and result oriented atmosphere. He said that the leaders were now immersed in substantive negotiations and their focus is on unresolved core issues.
“To enable their discussion today the negotiators provided the leaders with an update on the work they have carried out on a specific set of core issues across the chapters of governance, property and criteria on territory” said Eide.
He added that Akıncı and Anastasiadis discussed those issues at length in a pragmatic and constructive manner making further progress. “They provided new guidance to the negotiators who will meet three more times this week to carry forward their work on core issues” he added.
On the topic of confidence the leaders continued their exchange he said and added that they took stock of the work done to implement already agreed confidence building measures, expressing satisfaction with the progress made to date. “The leaders expect that practical solutions to any pending issues will soon be found, bringing the implementation of those measures closer to completion” said the UN Envoy. Eide also added that the leaders exchanged views on the economic prospects that would arise from a solution.
“With substantive negotiations now at the centre of their work Mr. Akıncı and Mr. Anastasiadis reiterated their resolve to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible” said Eide. He also said that within the positive climate the leaders will jointly participate in the event that will be co-organised by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of commerce on the 8th of July. “On the same day they will also jointly participate in a meeting with religious leaders and the next leaders meeting will be on Friday the 10th of July” said Eide.