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Significant progress achieved on certain matters, president says

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The Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides have achieved significant progress on the matter under discussion in the reunification talks, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, as he voiced hope that the talks would eventually lead to an agreement that would be acceptable to both communities.

“I must say that there was significant progress as regards internal cooperation between the federal government and the federal states,” Anastasiades said, following a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Discussion on the power of the states to sign international agreements continued, he added.

Asked to clarify whether the Turkish Cypriot side insisted on having the power to sign agreements on issues beyond education, culture, and sports, Anastasiades said the matter was being discussed.

“I think the discussion is in the right direction,” he said.

At the same time, the two sides’ negotiators were focusing on the federal powers, which was an entirely different issue.

“There are still important issues that must be discussed,” Anastasiades said. “At present, there is progress, and I could say, encouraging progress on the matters discussed.”

The two leaders had agreed to intensify their talks by meeting twice a week.

In July, they planned to meet six times due to various other engagements and religious holidays.

In the meantime, negotiators will concentrate on matters that needed further discussion.

“Consequently, let us hope that gradually, through this intensified dialogue, we will finally arrive somewhere that could be acceptable to both communities.”

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