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Leaders to discuss negotiators’ progress at Monday meeting

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are due to meet on Monday and are expected to discuss the work of their chief negotiators, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday.

Christodoulides told CNA, the leaders would evaluate areas where the negotiators, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, had reached understandings. The timetable for meetings in April would also be fixed, he said.

“During the meeting the main topic of discussion for the leaders will be the results so far of the work of the negotiators, as a relative direction for them to convert understandings into convergences,” he said.

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide has been talking in recent days of converting understandings into convergences and of then converting convergences into ‘black text’. Where Greek Cypriot positions are in blue and Turkish Cypriot in red, the convergences would be in black, he indicated.

Christodoulides, when asked whether Turkey’s warning on Friday over moves by Cyprus towards a third licensing round for hydrocarbons’ exploration would be brought up at the leaders meeting, said: “The issue of energy planning of the Republic is not a question for the negotiating table or for negotiations to resolve the Cyprus problem.”

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