President Anastasiades meets with negotiating team for the Cyprus problem

A meeting of the negotiating team for the Cyprus problem under President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, is underway at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia, ahead of the visit of the UN Secretary Generals envoy, Jane Holl Lute, to Cyprus.

The meeting, which started a little after 18.30 local time, is the first to be held in a year and a half, after the end of the talks on the Cyprus problem in Crans Montana.

The meeting is attended by negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Kypros Chrysostomides, Panayiotis Demetriou, Nikos Cleanthous, Marios Eliades, Constantinos Kombos, Aristotelis Constantinides and Chris Triantafyllidis. Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou and the Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Kyriacos Kouros are also present.

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA earlier that the meeting is taking place “in view of the cooperation with Lute, the terms of reference and the sought after resumption of negotiations.”

He also said that President Anastasiades “will listen to the views of the negotiating teams members and will discuss with them, so that he can be better prepared for the cooperation with Lute.

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