By KEREM HASAN
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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