President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader have a “frank and open exchange of views,” UN announces

The leaders of the islands two communities, namely Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, had a frank and open exchange of views during a two hour tA�te-A�-tA�te discussion at the UNPA in Nicosia, the UN announced tonight.

Anastasiades and Akinci were invited for an informal dinner at the residence of the Deputy Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar. The two leaders arrived at the UNPA at around seven oclock.

According to a written statement by Spehar, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, met at the Chief of Mission residence in the United Nations Protected Area.

The Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci had a frank and open exchange of views during a two hour tA�te-A�-tA�te discussion. They then proceeded to a dinner with the Deputy Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Ms. Elizabeth Spehar, the statement reads.

The leaders have been engaged in UN-backed negotiations with a view to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The latest round of peace talks took place in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana. The talks ended without any results and since then, the two leaders had no other contact.

Tonight was the first time the two leaders met since July 2017.

Source: Cyprus News Agency