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Leaders meet, discuss disparities (Update 1)

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met on Saturday, their first session this month.

According to CyBC the main topic on the agenda was property. The meeting took place at the residence of Lisa Buttenheim, the UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative in Cyprus and lasted two and a half hours.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CNA said the leaders had worked on some remaining gaps between the two sides.

“The meeting consisted of general exchange of views on where we are today as well as exchange views and plans on the next steps.”

He also said the leaders had “given orders” to two negotiators to work on reducing the disparities.

At an event on Friday night, Anastasiades said the current status quo in Cyprus, which does not allow the citizens of the Republic to enjoy the rights, the freedoms and the prosperity that are taken for granted by the citizens in the rest of the EU, should end.

Addressing a bicommunal event in the village of Pyrga, in Larnaca District, entitled “Dancing for Peace”, Anstasiades said that he and Akinci were currently intensifying their efforts to achieve a solution.

He said the effort to produce results at the negotiating table was important but it was equally important to encourage and cultivate a culture of coexistence and a notion that the island’s two communities can have a common future.

“We aspire to see that the acquis communautaire will be implemented throughout the island, as provided also by the Treaty of Accession (of Cyprus) to the EU,” the president said, and reiterated that a federal Cyprus would be an EU member state and pointed out that this in itself was sufficient factor for stability and would create conditions for prosperity.

The president also said he and Akinci acknowledge the difficulties but also respect differences and move forward by investing in understanding. Their goal at the negotiating table was to converge the interests of the two communities by creating a functional and effective state.

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