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Anastasiades arrives in New York

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday arrived in New York where he will participate in the 68th UN General Assembly.

Anastasiades will hold a series of bilateral meetings in New York before leaving for Washington where he will meet with Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden next week.

The 68th UN General Assembly involves the participation of 130 heads of state and government and 60 foreign ministers. The official opening will take place on Tuesday.

Among the top issues to be discussed will be the recent developments in Syria and the Middle East r, the situation in Afghanistan, Egypt and other African countries, sustainable development, the fight against hunger, as well as the impact of climate change.

Three high-level meetings will take place, as well as a high level political forum for the millennium goals.

UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson told reporters on Saturday that UN’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, was continuing his work on the Cyprus issue. Talks are expected to resume in October.

During his stop-over in London on Friday Anastasiades told London Greek Radio there was a need for “good preparation” and new dynamic ahead of the talks as he did not want to participate in “talks for the sake of talks”. He said he would be explaining this to his contacts in New York.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides will also be holding a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly. These will include the foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Morocco, Iraq, Australia, Montenegro, Libya, China, Thailand, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, Argentina as well as the President of Palestine.

He will also participate in separate meetings between the EU Foreign Ministers, the US and Russia as well as the ministerial meeting for the Middle East.

On Sunday, he will participate in the tripartite ministerial meeting between Cyprus – Egypt and Greece, which will examine the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and other issues of mutual concern, focusing on energy.

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