Community leaders discuss property issue
Nicosia, Nov 2 – The property issue was the focus of a new meeting held in Nicosia on Monday afternoon between the President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, in the context of the second round of UN-led talks, aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem.
Neither the Greek Cypriot nor the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to discuss in depth the issue relating to properties, in the context of UN-led peace talks, President Demetris Christofias said today.
"We are not yet ready to discuss this issue in depth,” the President replied, when asked whether there was an agreement on the criteria on property-related issues.
Speaking upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace, after his meeting with Mr. Talat, President Christofias said that the discussion on the issue of properties will continue during his next meeting with Mr. Talat this coming Friday, November 6.
“There is nothing new to report,” President Christofias told journalists, adding that “we discussed some current issues and of course the properties issue in our tete-a-tete meeting.”
He said their advisers would continue the discussion on this issue before the next meeting.
Commenting on Turkish press reports that the Turkish side would put a roadmap relating to the ongoing talks on the negotiating table, President Christofias replied: ''No there is no such issue.”
Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General Alexander Downer also spoke to the press after the meeting, and said that the leaders “focused their attention on the property question and the two representatives and their teams are going to come together again for further discussions about the property question.”
When asked if the leaders were coming to an agreement on the property, Mr. Downer said that “there is a lot of work to do here…As I have explained before, this a comprehensive and difficult issue and they are just continuing the work on the property question.”
He also said that the leaders had mapped out a program of meetings until December 2nd.