Cyprus leaders to discuss next steps, EU issues, property, implementation and financing of the solution

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will discuss on Wednesday, in the framework of their UN-led talks aiming to solve the Cyprus problem, their next steps, EU issues, the property issue, the implementation of the solution as well as financing issues, CNA has learned.

Negotiators of the two sides Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami held on Tuesday a day-long meeting in view of the leaders meeting, during which they had a general discussion on many issues and on the issues which are still pending. UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide and the UNSGs Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar were present at the meeting.

A source close to the negotiations told CNA that during their meeting on Wednesday the leaders will have a general exchange of views on the current state of play and the next steps, and will discuss EU issues, the property issue, issues regarding the implementation of the solution as well as financing. It added that Mavroyiannis and Nami had a general discussion on Tuesday on many issues and on the issues which are still pending.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the last of four meetings the two leaders agreed to hold, when they resumed talks last April after a two-month break.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency