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Anastasiades, Akinci to meet Guterres in September (updated)

Anastasiades, Akinci to meet Guterres in September

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been invited by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to hold a trilateral meeting in New York in September, reports said on Thursday.

According to the CyBC, which cited government sources, the two have been invited to meet following the UN General Assembly meeting to be held in New York in September.

The President has accepted the invitation, the government sources told the state broadcaster.

In a written statement on Wednesday night, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that Guterres and Anastasiades spoke on the phone, and Guterres told the president that he is looking forward to the August 9 meeting Anastasiades will have with Akinci.

Reports from the north said that Akinci also accepted the secretary-general’s invitation for a meeting in September, following a phone conversation between the two.

The two leaders will hold a meeting on August 9 at the office of Unficyp head and UN representative Elizabeth Spehar.

According the written statement from Prodromou the meeting will be held at 10.30am at Spehar’s office.

The leaders have not met since an informal meeting the Spehar’s residence in February, held to discuss the expectations that the two sides have, and what they want to talk about.

At the time, Anastasiades said he did not have big expectations but he was headed to the meeting with structured and concrete proposals.

Both leaders last met with the secretary general a year ago in separate meeting with Guterres on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly.

Anastasiades also met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the time, in a meeting that was not immediately revealed to the press.

The president had met Cavusoglu as a debate flared up over the concept of a ‘loose’ or decentralised federation, which has been a long-standing belief held by Anastasiades even since before he was elected in office.

During a national council meeting, Anastasiades also suggested that maybe the Greek Cypriot side should consider a decentralised federation as a form of solution, a long-standing belief he had voiced at least as far back as July 4, 2010.

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