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Leaders meet Lute

EFFORTS to hold an “informal” five-party conference involving the three guarantor countries of Cyprus together with the island’s two leaders, and overseen by the United Nations, “should not be neglected” President Mustafa Akıncı said on Monday.

Leaders meet Lute

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

He made the comments during a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who had arrived in the TRNC on Saturday evening.

Speaking on the steps of the presidential building last Monday, Mr Akıncı emphasised the importance of the “proposition made by the Republic of Turkey for an informal five-party conference”.

He added: “We have never looked coldly at this proposal, and we do not think the UN will be cold [to this] either.

“However, it is an issue of deciding the right timing by sitting down and discussing [it] with the UN Secretary-General.”

Mr Çavuşoğlu, who departed on Monday evening, was in North Cyprus for a series of contacts on Sunday and Monday.

He held meetings with President Akıncı and participated in a round-table meeting, hosted by Mr Akıncı, with the representatives of each political party represented in Parliament.

Mr Çavuşoğlu’s visit came following an intensive effort by UN “consultant” Jane Holl Lute in Cyprus last week in which she failed to secure agreement from Mr Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on the “terms of reference” for the resumption of formal negotiations.

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