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Negotiators to meet again on Monday

Man for all seasons: Andreas Mavroyiannis

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami are set to meet again on Monday morning, to continue their discussion on three chapters of the Cyprus issue, namely governance, property and the criteria for a territorial settlement.

The discussion may also include other issues, according to the Cyprus News Agency, citing a source.
The same source said the two negotiators, with Lisa Buttenheim, the UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative in Cyprus, took part in the first meeting of the working group for property.
Earlier, Mavroyiannis, Nami and Buttenheim also attended the first meeting of the members of the Technical Committee on Culture, at the UN-protected area of Nicosia airport.
Meanwhile, citing unnamed government sources, Turkish daily Hurriyet yesterday reported that a second simultaneous referendum on Cypriot reunification could take place in early 2016.

“We are at the threshold of an important development,” said the source, who asked not to be named. “The two leaders have started to get into substantial issues. They are proceeding well and we hope the process will accelerate in the fall. There might be a new referendum in the early months of 2016, depending on the developments.”

The source also said if the Greek Cypriot side ceased claiming the island to be a “Hellenic island” and focus on a “federation based on the equality of two constituent states,” a solution could be reached very quickly.
“The current status cannot continue for another 50 years,” the online news portal quoted the source as saying. “That is the mood in the UN as well. Then the parties could sit and talk on a peaceful separation for two independent states.”

The source also reportedly said that a Cyprus solution would help Turkey’s relations with Greece and the EU.

The last referendum on a Cyprus solution was held in 2004 on the Annan Plan, which was rejected by Greek Cypriots and approved by Turkish Cypriots.

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