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Government expects progress during Lute’s visit

File photo: UNSG special envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute (Christos Theodorides)

The government expects progress to be made on the terms of reference during the visit this weekend by UN envoy Jane Holl Lute, spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Saturday.

In statements to the Cyprus News Agency, Prodromou said the Greek Cypriot side was ready to make progress. Lute is visiting as part of her efforts to facilitate the leaders come up with terms of reference for a new round of negotiations.

“We expect the debate to continue,” Prodromou told CNA. “We look forward to the meeting with the aim of making progress and possibly concluding the terms of reference. We are ready.”

Lute is due in Cyprus later on Saturday, and on Sunday morning she will have a meeting with UN Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar. She will then meet at 11am with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the north.

The meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades is scheduled for 6.30pm Sunday at the presidential palace. Lute leaves Cyprus for New York on Tuesday. The possibility of a second round of contacts with the two leaders prior to her departure is still open, depending on the outcome of the meetings, CNA said.

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