Eroglu and Anastasiades to meet on Tuesday

Presidents Eroglu and Anastasiades are to meet in the United Nations protected area of Nicosia at the Good Offices Mission on Tuesday at 11.30 am the UN stated today.

Both leaders announced their agreement to a draft joint declaration on Friday, paving the way for the resumption of the stalled peace talks. Currently, there are no plans for UN Special Envoy Alexander Downer, to join them this weekend, according to diplomatic sources.

Sources say that the UN will be represented by Chief of Mission and UN Secretary General’s Representative in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenheim.

On Thursday, President Eroglu received a phone call from the US Deputy Secretary of State, William J. Burns.

On the same day, following minor adjustments to the previous draft statement, President Anastasiades approved the final text, drawing criticism from coalition partners DIKO and EVROKO as well as minority opposition parties EDEK, the Greens and Citizens’ Alliance. Only ruling DISY and main opposition AKEL offered their support for the start of talks.

According to a White House statement, Anastasiades also received a phone call Friday afternoon from US Vice President Joe Biden, confirming US support for a solution and appreciation for Cyprus as “a key partner in a vital region”.

The statement said Biden looked forward to the resumption of talks in the coming days, and “encouraged creative thinking on ways to improve prospects for success”.

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