Bicommunal delegation meets with Spehar and conveys message to leaders for resumption of talks

A delegation of the Bi-communal Peace Initiative � United Cyprus, had a meeting on Monday with Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Head of the UNFICYP Mission and handed over a Message addressed to the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, with the request to be conveyed to them during the informal dinner they will hold in the evening.

According to a press release by the United Cyprus the delegation expressed their gratidute to Spehar for her work and the expectation and wish the two leaders will reach an agreement for the resumption of Cyprus the talks based on the UNSGs Framework without any preconditions and with the aim to reach an agreement for the reunification of Cyprus.

In their message to the leaders, they note that there is an urgent need to return to the negotiating table utilizing the window of opportunity before any further drilling operations take place in the Cyprus EEZ.

The Bi-communal Bi-zonal Federation based on political equality continues to be the only viable solution for a peaceful future in a reunited Cyprus they note.

The Bi-communal Peace Initiative � United Cyprus calls on the leaders of the communities to hear the voice of common people from both sides of the divide and urgently engage in a process that will yield immediate results leading to a solution of the problem on the above basis.

Reconvening the negotiation process on the basis of the UN SG framework, without any preconditions, is an urgent need they note.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are meeting tonight over dinner, at the residence of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar, in the UN-controlled buffer zone.

This is the first time Anastasiades and Akinci are meeting since the collapse of the peace talks in July last year. The dinner is set for 19.00 local time (17.00 GMT).

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to lead to a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency