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Talks kick off in Switzerland (Update 1)

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci began two days of talks on Sunday in Mont Pelerin in Switzerland in an attempt to wrap up discussions on territory.

They had met at the same resort between November 7-11 but despite progress failed to reach a deal.

The new talks began at 10am Cyprus time, broke for lunch and separate discussions with their negotiating teams at 2.30pm Cyprus time, and will resume joint talks at 9pm Cyprus time over a working dinner.

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide is expected to make statements on Monday evening between 6pm and 8pm Cyprus time. According to CNA it remained unclear whether the leaders would make any statements “It is up to them,” a UN source said.

Asked by CNA to say whether further progress and convergences were achieved during the meeting as regards the territorial adjustment criteria, a Greek Cypriot source noted that they did not have anything to say on this yet and recommended patience.

According to Cybc, dates were already being bandied about for a multi-party conference on security and guarantees. The broadcaster mentioned December 16-18 and December 27-28.

Cybc’s correspondent said however that the Greek Cypriot side has stressed that before convening a multi-party conference with the guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and Britain, the territorial criteria being discussed in Mont Pelerin needs to be reflected on a map, and remaining issues in the negotiations need to be resolved.

The leaders arrived at Mont Pelerin on Saturday evening. Anastasiades met with his team in the evening that carried on over a working dinner, according to CNA.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said that the aim of the talks is to have an agreement on the territorial adjustment criteria that will then be used to draw a map, so that the two sides can enter the final phase of the negotiations.

Eide tweeted late on Saturday: “After a week`s recess, a sunny #MontPelerin welcomes #Cyprus leaders & negotiating teams back for continued negotiations. #UnitedByHope”.

UN spokesman in Cyprus Aleem Siddique when asked whether the talks could extend beyond Monday said it was up to the two sides, adding that the United Nations had no timetables, according to CNA.

“Our job is to facilitate the two sides in any way we can assist them,” he said but added that the UN team facilitating the talks was scheduled to leave Mont Pelerin on Tuesday morning.

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