On Friday, the two Cypriot community leaders held an informal meeting in the UN buffer zone at the home of the Chief of the UN Mission in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar.
President Akinci said that Anastasiades had promised to put in writing his ideas about managing hydrocarbon extraction offshore Cyprus, a Greek Cypriot government source said.
Anastasiades has said that President Akinci’s proposal to form a joint-committee could not be accepted. He said that he had made counter-proposals to secure the rights of the Turkish Cypriots on the issue of natural gas. He also said that he was ready to share information with Akinci on decisions made by South Cyprus on the energy issue.
“We are talking about a non-paper, we are not talking about a proposal”, a government source told CNA, adding that its content will be in line with the July 22, 2019, letter Anastasiades sent to the UN Secretary-General. The same source said that by promising to inform Akinci about natural gas decisions, Anastasiades is displaying good will, while making a clear distinction from joint administration of natural resources, the Turkish Cypriot side requests.