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Nicosia hopes for results, UN provides live link for 2am meeting

The working dinner with President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to begin at 2am Cyprus time.

The UN has provided a live link to UN TV, which will cover the event prior to and following the meeting for night owls in Cyprus who wish to watch it unfold.

The working dinner is expected to last approximately three hours. Whether or not there is going to be a joint statement will be decided during the proceedings, CNA reported.

On Monday at 10am New York time (5pm Cyprus time) UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide will brief the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and will meet with the Turkish ambassador to the UN.

Nicosia hopes that the dinner will produce results.

“We hope that the outcome of tonight’s dinner with the UN Secretary General and the Turkish Cypriot leaders will pave the way for a substantive and result orientated discussion on the most pivotal chapter, that of security and guarantees,” Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said in New York after a preparatory meeting chaired by Anastasiades.

“If this materializes, it could help the entire peace process and the goal for a comprehensive solution in Cyprus,” the spokesman added.

“We believe that the time has come for Turkey as well, with regard to this most important chapter in the Cyprus negotiations, if Ankara really wants a solution to open up its cards and have a substantive and result orientated discussion on this core aspect of the Cyprus question, which will determine how the peace process will continue,” Christodoulides said.


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