Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will have on Tuesday afternoon a meeting here, in the framework of the UN-led talks on the Cyprus problem, while the two sides` negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami will meet in the morning with a view to prepare the leaders` meeting, CNA has learned.
The leaders` meeting will be the first after the dinner they attended on December 1st, during which they decided the immediate resumption of the UN-backed peace talks for the reunification of the island, after their two rounds of talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, during which they were not able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks.
The two leaders decided on December 1st that they will meet in Geneva on the 9th of January 2017, on the 11th of January they will present their respective maps and that from the 12th of January, a Conference on Cyprus will be convened with the added participation of the guarantor powers, while other relevant parties shall be invited as needed.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof./IBNA
Source: Cyprus News Agency