Leaders hold first meeting of the New Year

President Mustafa Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades met this morning as part of ongoing talks ahead of a crucial summit in Geneva next week.

It was the first meeting by the leaders in 2017.

Chief negotiators, Ozdil Nami and Andreas Mavroyannis discussed territory, property and EU affairs as part of their ongoing efforts to minimise differences between the two sides before the talks take place in Geneva next week. They will both meet again on Thursday.

The two community leaders will begin talks in Geneva on Monday to try and reach convergences on the outstanding issues.

Both sides are expected to exchange maps by January 11. This will be followed on January 12 by a multi-party conference on Cyprus, including the two Cypriot communities and the island’s three guarantor powers, Turkey, Greece and the UK.

At the conference, the parties will seek to forge a framework deal on the security and guarantees arrangement for the island post-settlement.


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