President Anastasiades holds one more meeting with UN envoy

Jane Holl Lute, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy, arrived this afternoon at the Presidential Palace to meet for a second time in two days with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, in an effort to formulate the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks.

The meeting is ongoing. The negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis was also present.

Speaking earlier today in Paralimni, President Anastasiades said that we are ready to begin the dialogue on the Cyprus issue as early as today from where it broke off in 2017. He also expressed hope that the response and messages from the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot side will be positive.

On Sunday, Lute met with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and had later a 3-hour meeting in the afternoon with President Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace. Speaking after the meeting, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said it was productive, he noted however that ‘the process is ongoing.

Earlier on Monday the UN envoy met for a second time in two days with Akinci. She is expected to depart later this evening from Cyprus.

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