Talks between both communities of Cyprus picked up pace on Wednesday after headway was made on the sensitive issue of property disputes.
Both President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met for the first time on Tuesday after the summer break with both men said to have creased over several loose ends on the issue of properties and citizenship.
According to Acting Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos, both men agreed in principle with regards to rights of the original owners of properties who were displaced in the past and that there was ‘significant progress’ in that area.
Both sides then gave instructions to their respective negotiating teams to draft out specific chapters (around 24 say initial estimates) with regards to property issues before their next meeting on September 14.
In comments attributed to The Independent on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that Turkish Cypriot were willing to work with their Greek Cypriot counterparts “for the interests for Cyprus in a spirit of Cypriotness, instead of depending on others”.
He added that all seven meetings between the leaders “have produced progress” whilst also going on to say that “I have never seen in the past negotiations advancing in such a way.”