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Leaders signal 'readiness' for a 'tripartite meeting'

PRESIDENT Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades are set to meet together with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the first time in more than two years

Leaders signal 'readiness' for a 'tripartite meeting'


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The two leaders signalled their “readiness” to hold a “tripartite meeting” with Mr Guterres after the UN’s General Assembly, which takes place next month, “in order to plan the way forward”.

The three have not been in the same room together since efforts to hammer out a solution at a summit in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, also involving ministers from Turkey, Greece and the UK and EU observers, ended in failure in July 2017.

The pledge was made following an “informal” three-hour long buffer zone meeting between Mr Akıncı and Mr Anastasiades, hosted by the UN’s top official on the island, Elizabeth Spehar.

“The two leaders had a sincere and constructive exchange of views and discussed in depth the basic principles,” a written UN statement issued on behalf of the two leaders said.

“They decided to continue engaging in the efforts undertaken by [UN temporary envoy] Jane Holl Lute with the determination to finalise the Terms of Reference that would enable structured and results-oriented negotiations leading to a settlement with a sense of urgency.”

The two men welcomed the implementation of previously announced confidence-building measures, such as connecting the island’s electricity grids and mobile phone “interoperability”, the UN said, although no new ones were agreed on.

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