Ertug speaks to new Greek Cypriot negotiator

A Turkish Cypriot daily has said that Osman Ertug, Special Representative of President Dervis Eroglu held a telephone conversation with Andreas Mavroyiannis, the newly-appointed Greek Cypriot negotiator for the Cyprus talks.

Apparently Ertug congratulated Mavroyiannis in a telephone conversation described by the paper as “sincere and cordial” and notes that the two men discussed how the negotiations will be conducted as well as how an early solution can be reached.

Mavroyiannis, a 57-year-old career diplomat is currently the permanent secretary at the South Cyprus Foreign ministry. He has in the past served in a number of posts, including as Cypriot ambassador to Ireland and France, and was a member of the negotiating team in the bi-communal reunification talks between 2003 and 2008. He also served as Deputy Minister of EU Affairs during South Cyprus’ EU presidency in 2012.

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