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President Christofias and Mr. Talat Suspend Discussions on Property Issues
2009-03-12 11:52:37

Nicosia, Mar 5 - President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, concluded their 21st meeting last Thursday in the framework of UN-led direct negotiations.

In statements following the meeting, President Christofias said that the two leaders are now suspending discussions on the issue of properties, which will be further discussed by their aides George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami.

“We have suspended discussions on the issue of properties, but Nami and Iacovou will continue with the work done so far,” the President noted.

Asked if the issue will come before the leaders when the give and take process begins, he replied: “it might happen before that.”

Invited to say if there were any convergences or divergences during last week’s meeting, President Christofias said there was a good climate, adding that “there were convergences on some issues, at least those we discussed today, and these convergences will be concluded, to have an agreement in the near future, probably.”

Asked what issues these convergences concern, President Christofias said he did not want to put his cards on the table and that “there are certain things that need to be discussed and I think we need to be careful.”

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Cyprus Taye-Brook Zerihoun said after the two and a half hour meeting, that the two leaders had at first a tête-à-tête meeting for one and a half hour.

Asked if the two leaders got any closer regarding the property issue after the meeting, Mr. Zerihoun said that’s a difficult judgment to make.

“But as you will recall they started with exchanging their views on the principles that should guide the discussions. Following that, they talked about the criteria and also discussed, in this last meeting and the one before it, specific suggestions and proposals from each side. There has been a broad and substantive discussion on the issue, but I would not make that judgment, because it is a subjective judgment,” he concluded.

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