President Mustafa Akıncı and the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Nicos Anastasiades have come together at an informal meeting at the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar’s official residence in the buffer zone.
This is the first meeting that has taken place between the two leaders after a 5 month hiatus.
The meeting between the two leaders lasted for over three hours.
A statement by the United Nations Spokesperson in Cyprus was read out on behalf of the two leaders, President Mustafa Akıncı and the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Nicos Anastasiadis after the meeting was concluded.
The statement reads as follows:
Today, President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, met at the UN Chief of Mission’s residence in the United Nations Protected area under the auspices of the Special Representative, Deputy Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Cyprus Ms. Elizabeth Spehar.
The two leaders had a sincere and constructive exchange of views and they discussed in depth the basic principles. They decided to continue engaging in the efforts undertaken by Mr. Jane Holl Lute with the determination to finalize the terms of reference that would enable structured and result oriented negotiations leading to a settlement with a sense of urgency.
The two leaders also decided to announce their readiness to hold a tripartite meeting with the Secretary General after the United Nations General Assembly in order to plan the way forward.
Regarding confidence building measures, the two leaders welcomed the implementation of the confidence building measures they formerly announced, including the electricity interconnectivity and mobile phone interoperability that would facilitate greater interaction between the two communities.
The two leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to intensifying the work of the technical committees with the objective of improving the daily lives of all Cypriots and to implementing further confidence building measures, with the UN support.