Cyprus Leaders in ‘Frank and Open Exchange of Views’



President Nicos Anastasiades’ car drives past peace demonstrators on his way to his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci inside the UN buffer zone on Monday.

The leaders of Cyprus’ two communities, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Mustafa Akinci, had a “frank and open exchange of views” during a two-hour meeting in Nicosia, the UN announced has said.

It was their first encounter since settlement talks collapsed in Switzerland last July.

Speaking to the media after the meeting Anastasiades did not rule out the possibility of a personal envoy of the UN Secretary General trying to look into the chances of resuming the stalled peace talks.

The president also said that they had a frank and calm discussion, during which they talked about the problems they are faced with and the prospects of new dialogue.

“We established the disagreements that exist,” he noted.

Akinci, he said, raised the issue of a joint committee to deal with the management and exploitation of natural resources.

Anastasiades said he responded that there was no question of it being discussed at the negotiation table “either the postponement of the energy programme or that of the joint committee”.

Anastasiades and Akinci had been invited for an informal dinner at the residence of the Deputy Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar.