Leaders decide to accelerate pace of meetings
Nicosia, Sep 17 – The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have decided to accelerate the pace of their meetings, which take place in the UN-controlled buffer zone, in the framework of UN-led direct negotiations which aim to reunite Cyprus. Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 illegal Turkish invasion and ongoing occupation.
President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat held their second meeting in the framework of the second phase of the direct negations, during which they continued discussion on governance and power-sharing.
The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Cyprus, Mr. Tayee-Brook Zerihoun, said that the two leaders met in private for one hour and thirty minutes, accompanied by their representatives Mr. George Iacovou and Mr. Ozdil Nami, in statements after the meeting.
“When they came out they told us that they had a very good exchange of views and they gave us some details on what they have decided on the schedule of meetings through October,” Mr. Zerihoun said.
He stated that the next meeting, scheduled for October 2nd, has been postponed, but the leaders plan to meet on October 7, 8, 14, and 15.
Mr. Zerihoun added that the leaders have decided to accelerate the pace of these meetings by meeting twice a week on more than just one occasion.
“As you know the pace so far has been once a week, so this is quite positive,” he noted.
Mr. Zerihoun added that the two leaders have decided that in the interim, their representatives and experts will meet to discuss the proposals that have been submitted by each side regarding executive power, “with a view to narrow differences or to come up with bridging ideas.”
When questioned whether the leaders concluded the discussion on the executive power, Mr. Zerihoun replied that this was the only issue they discussed during their meeting.