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Hopes for talks reignited

INTENSIVE shuttle diplomacy between both sides of Cyprus by UN officials all week resulted in an “informal reception” held last week in the buffer zone that was attended by the island’s two leaders.

Hopes for talks reignited


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President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades met with the UN Secretary-General’s “consultant” Jane Holl Lute, who has been in Cyprus since last weekend.

The one-hour long gathering was called amid speculation of continuing disagreements over the drafting of the “terms of reference” for the resumption of formal negotiations, which collapsed in 2017, to reach a solution in Cyprus.

Ms Lute had been due to leave Cyprus on Monday, but extended her stay to engage in days of back-to-back meetings with the leaders.

On Monday Greek Cypriot administration spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said there was “good reason to hope that there are grounds for us to agree on the terms of reference”.

But on Thursday, following the fifth round of meetings between Ms Lute and the leaders, it was claimed that they “had not resolved” the disagreement, with Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides quoted as saying he could “not rule out the possibility that Lute’s efforts for an agreement could fail”.

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