President Akinci met with President Anastasiades in the first of three meetings scheduled for December.
US Secretary of State John Kerry who was on the island on Thursday, said he was convinced that the solution to the Cyprus problem was within reach. Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, said on Friday that he agreed with Kerry.
“There may have been difficulties, especially in terms of the property issue, but many of these difficulties have been overcome and I believe we will ultimately overcome the others and the negotiations will proceed in order to arrive at a conclusion as soon as possible,” he said.
Referring to the high-level visits from John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kasoulides said that the visits signalled encouragement to both sides, however, neither of the US nor Russia had any direct influence on the negotiations.
“The solution will not come from outside,” he said. “Mr. Kerry has offered US support in this effort.”