Following his meeting with President Akinci in the ongoing Cyprus talks on Monday, President Anastasiades said there is sufficient progress in the negotiations to allow the process to move on to the next crucial stage, which is to negotiate territory. This stage of the talks will be held at a venue away from the island.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, he said:
“Sufficient progress is recorded in the ongoing intensive phase of the negotiations that justify the process to move onto the next phase which is negotiations outside Cyprus on the (very thorny) issue of territory.”
“It is possible that talks at this phase of the process, could continue into early November so that some issues that the two sides are very close to reaching convergences on are resolved, since this will allow for more fruitful ground when discussions on territory, which are also related to that of property, do take place,” he added.
Talks aiming towards the reunification of the divided island which resumed a year and a half ago under the guidance of UN Cyprus envoy Espen Barth Eide are now at a pivotal stage.