A UN effort on Sunday to sound out the two Cypriot leaders in a possible way forward in resuming peace talks is set to continue Monday with the follow-up meetings.
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute is set to hold additional separate meetings on Monday with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in an effort to reach consensus on drafting “terms of reference” that could pave the way for the resumption of peace talks.
Following Lute’s separate meetings on Sunday with Anastasiades and Akinci, it became clear that the UN envoy would meet again with the two leaders in follow up meetings before her departure from the divided island.
Lute is acting on the instructions of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is seeking a way forward to ascertain whether meaningful talks on the Cyprus problem could resume
Following Lute’s meeting with Anastasiades on Sunday, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said “it was a productive meeting which focused on Lute’s mandate on preparing the terms of reference for the resumption of the negotiations.”
The spokesman also said that the president “outlined his positions and his positive approach on the resumption of the negotiations.”
According to Cyprus News Agency, Anastasiades’ follow-up meeting with Lute will take place at the Presidential Palace Monday morning at 11am, while the UN envoy is also expected to meet with Akinci around midday according to his spokesman Baris Burcu.
Lute, who arrived on the island on Saturday to sound out the two leaders, is acting on the instructions of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is seeking a way forward to ascertaining whether meaningful talks on the Cyprus problem could resume after many failed attempts.