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Leaders’ meeting scheduled for Tuesday

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroglu will meet in the United Nations protected area of Nicosia at the Good Offices Mission on Tuesday at 11.30am the UN announced on Saturday.

Both leaders announced their agreement to a draft joint declaration on Friday, paving the way for the resumption of the stalled peace talks. There are no plans, at this stage, for Alexander Downer, UN special envoy, to visit the island over the weekend, according to diplomatic sources.

“Downer, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, is not scheduled to come for now,” the sources said.

The sources added that the UN will be represented by Chief of Mission and UN Secretary General’s Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim.

On Thursday, Eroglu had received a phone call from US Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns.

The same day, following tweaks to the previous draft communiqué, President Nicos Anastasiades approved the final text, drawing fire from coalition partners DIKO and EVROKO as well as minority opposition parties EDEK, the Greens and Citizens’ Alliance. Only ruling DISY and main opposition AKEL offered their support for the start of talks.

According to a White House statement, Anastasiades also received a phone call Friday afternoon from US Vice President Joe Biden, confirming US support for a solution and appreciation for Cyprus as “a key partner in a vital region”.

The statement said Biden looked forward to the resumption of talks in the coming days, and “encouraged creative thinking on ways to improve prospects for success”.

 

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