The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Moustafa Akinci, meet here today in the context of the peace talks aiming at solving the Cyprus issue.
This is their first meeting following the events in Istanbul which led to the postponement of scheduled meetings. This monring’s meeting is going to take place at the now defunct Nicosia airport.
Speaking after a meeting he had yesterday with President Anastasiades, the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said that today’s meeting marks a more intensive phase of negotiations.
Eide met yesterday with both leaders prior to today’s meeting.
In his statements following his meeting with President Anastasiades, Eide said the talks are now entering a more intensified period, noting that “we will have a phase which is critical and which at times will be difficult, because there are still a number of bridges to cross, still a number of issues that are outstanding.”
He recalled that in their joint statement, some weeks ago, the two leaders said they would intensify the talks from now on, noting that “we lost some time but Wednesday’s meeting is very much to start with a more intensified period.”
He added that “the idea is to use tomorrow to structure this more intense phase, to start by agreeing on exactly where we are”, noting that they will try to have “a joint catalogue of achievements, where we are close, and where we have some way to go, and to take stock of this and then, based on that, have a structured approach, with a slightly different format from the one we have”. The exact details of that will be announced by the leaders themselves when they have met, he noted.