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Next seven leaders’ meetings will determine course of negotiations, spokesman says

Nicos Christodoulides

The next seven meetings to be held between the President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will determine the future of the talks, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said n Friday.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Christodoulides also said that, starting next Tuesday, upcoming discussions will be held in relation to all chapters in Cyprus talks, including issues that have not been discussed in depth or for which there has been disagreement.

On Tuesday, the two sides will also determine the agenda of the meetings to follow in the ongoing, intensified stage of Cyprus talks.
“The next seven meetings will be particularly important and will determine the way the whole process may go ahead,” Christodoulides told CNA.

The last of the seven meetings will be held on September 14, before Anastasiades is expected to depart for New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

According to Christodoulides, during those meetings, all Cyprus chapters will be discussed, and in particular issues on which there has not been a thorough discussion as of yet, or on which the two sides have simply recorded their disagreement.

The discussion that will take place aims to increase common understanding, or even lead to convergences, he added.
Christodoulides also said that during the meeting on Tuesday, the two sides are expected to set the concrete agenda of their next meetings and also discuss their expectations in regard to the outcome of this new, intensified phase of talks.

The seven meetings are set to take place on August 23, 29, 31 and September 2, 6, 8 and 14.

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