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Anastasiades to travel to Turkey for UN forum

President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday he will be travelling to Turkey in May to take part in a summit organised by the United Nations.

Anastasiades said he will take part in a global forum on poverty, at the invitation of the UNSG, but could not say whether he will be meeting with any Turkish officials. The World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul on May 23 and 24.

“Whether I will seek a meeting with Turkish officials would depend on the schedule of the conference,” he said.

The president reiterated that progress had been achieved in the talks but there were also problems.

“I don’t think repeating the facts every day helps in any way,” he said. “It is preferable for us to concentrate our attention and our insistence on positions of principle so that progress is achieved.”

When a reporter pointed out that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had claimed there was an understanding between the two sides that no drilling for hydrocarbons would take place, Anastasiades said he never allowed the matter of the Republic’s sovereign rights to be raised.

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