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Peace talks 'back on track'

ANY resumption of formal efforts to reach a solution in Cyprus “must be different” from previous attempts, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned this week as President Mustafa Akıncı claimed that the peace process was “back on the rails”.

Peace talks  'back on track'

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

The comments came on Monday following a joint meeting between Mr Guterres, Mr Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades at the luxury Adlon Kempinski hotel in Berlin, which was also attended by the three men’s aides – Jane Holl Lute, Erhan Erçin and Andreas Mavroyiannis respectively.

The costs of organising the meeting were met by the German federal government.

A statement issued after the “informal” meeting by Mr Guterres said that they had taken stock of efforts towards reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem during a “focused and frank” discussion.

“Both leaders welcomed my engagement and reaffirmed to me their commitment and determination to achieve a settlement based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality,” Mr Guterres said.

The leaders of Cyprus,“motivated by a sense of urgency”, agreed to achieving a solution “within a foreseeable horizon” and that the “status quo is unsustainable”, he added.

“[Mr Akıncı and Mr Anastasiades] affirmed their commitment to the Joint Declaration of February 11, 2014, the prior convergences, and the six-point framework I presented on June 30, 2017 with a view to achieve a strategic agreement.

“In view of these discussions, I have agreed to extend my efforts to achieve terms of reference to serve as a consensus starting point for phased, meaningful, and results-oriented negotiations at the earliest feasible opportunity.”

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