Lute and Anastasiades meet for two hours

UN Secretary General’s envoy, Jane Holl Lute, concluded her meeting with Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, as part of her second visit to Cyprus which aims to gauge the true extent of convergence on key issues between the two sides. The meeting lasted two hours.

Lute is expected to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Wednesday afternoon before departing early Thursday for New York.

She did not make any statements upon her arrival and departure from the presidential palace. Present on the part of the Greek Cypriot side were Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, and Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou. Lute was not accompanied by any UN officials.

In his recent report on his good offices mission, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that Lute will continue discussions to gauge the true extent of convergence on key issues and the willingness of the sides to incorporate novel proposals as part of an overall solution toward a common future that they themselves can envisage.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when 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.

Source: Cyprus News Agency