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President to brief party leaders on Lute visit on Friday

Jane Holl Lute on a previous visit

President Nicos Anastasiades is to brief party leaders on Friday on the visit over the weekend by UN envoy Jane Holl Lute and the outcome of talks on Tuesday between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Tsipras is expected to brief Anastasiades about the outcome of the meeting.

Lute is currently engaged in an effort to help formulate the terms of reference that would pave the way for the resumption of Cyprus negotiations.

Following two meetings Lute had separately with both leaders, Anastasiades said he would contact Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the coming days, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Monday.

Prodromou said the president reaffirmed to Lute his willingness to talk with Akinci. Lute left Cyprus later on Monday, and was set to have discussions with the guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK.

The exact timings are not known, and it is not known when Lute will return to Cyprus.

The Cyprus News Agency reported on Tuesday that the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar expressed readiness to facilitate contact between the two leaders.

The Office of the UN spokesman in Cyprus said: “As part of the UN’s efforts to promote reconciliation and dialogue towards resolving the longstanding Cyprus issue” Spehar stood ready to facilitate contact.

In the north, Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu said on Tuesday that the Turkish Cypriot leader would be briefing the political parties and the ‘government’ on Lute’s visit. He said Akinci discussed with Lute whether there was a common basis for the resumption of talks in a results-oriented manner between the two sides.

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