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Encouraging letter from Lute, says government (Updated)

Jane Holl Lute flanked by the two leaders earlier this year

Both Turkish and Greek Cypriots leaders received a letter from the UN Secretary-General’s envoy Jane Holl Lute on Friday.

Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou announced in the morning President Nicos Anastasiades received an encouraging message from the envoy.

In her letter she stated her recent consultations held in Cyprus had allowed serious steps to be taken, allowing a continuation of the peace effort.

“I am grateful for the confirmation of the continued personal commitment of the President of the Republic in trying to agree on terms of reference,” she wrote.

She concluded by expressing a desire to set a new meeting as soon as possible.

Later in the day, the Turkish Cypriot leadership announced Mustafa Akinci also received a letter from Lute, in which she thanked him for building a constructive path towards a solution and for his commitment.

Spokesman for the Turkish Cypriot leader Baris Burcu said the envoy also wrote about wanting to arrange a new meeting as soon as possible.

After six rounds of separate consultations with Lute and an informal joint reception on September 6, the two leaders were unable to agree on the terms of reference that would form the basis of new talks.

Back-to-back separate meetings held by Lute with the two leaders since September 1 were unable to overcome a sticking point that emerged between the two sides, reportedly involving the co-governance issue. The joint meeting of the leaders last Friday evening, which marked the end of this round of consultations, proving equally fruitless.


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