Cyprus leaders to continue peace talks in 2016

Cyprus leaders to continue peace talks in 2016

Nicosia, January 5, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

Cyprus negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami had on Tuesday their first meeting of 2016.

According to sources, the two negotiators prepared the meeting between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that will take place on January 7, and continued their discussions on various issues.

The same sources noted that the meeting was “rather procedural”, in view of the meeting of the leaders who will mainly discuss  the property issue and issues that have not yet been discussed.

They also said that discussions on the issues included in the agenda moves forward.

Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The country has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.