President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader discuss territory issue
Today's meeting between Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu revolved around the issue of territorial adjustments.
UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor Alexander Downer related to reporters after the conclusion of today's five-hour meeting, that it constituted “an opportunity to focus the discussions on the issue of territory”, adding that "the leaders had a good opportunity to exchange views and consider each other’s positions."
Mr. Downer also underlined that there is a “lot at stake in these talks which have "wider implications for the eastern Mediterranean, the EU and in Turkey and their relations."
Regarding the issue of gas and oil explorations off Cyprus' coast and its relation to the direct talks, he noted that the "overall views is that it hasn’t intruded in these talks and we obviously don’t want it to intrude in these talks otherwise it will make the whole process much more difficult", adding that even though "the two sides do not share an identity of views on this issue", he did not think that the imminent exploration efforts will jeopardize the October meeting scheduled between the leaders and the UN Secretary General.