Cyprus leaders hold new meeting on Friday

Cyprus leaders hold new meeting on Friday

Nicosia, October 7, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci meet anew on Friday, in the framework of ongoing UN-led talks for a Cyprus settlement.

The meeting is expected to start at 11.30am local time (8.30am GMT) at the premises of the now defunct Nicosia airport.

Returning to the Presidential Palace after a similar meeting, last Wednesday, President Anastasiades said that in Friday`s meeting the leaders are expected to continue their discussion on the economy and other topics, in an effort to diminish existing differences.

The President also announced that the discussion on the ability of constituent states to sign international treaties had been essentially concluded and progress was recorded in the issue of external relations, with a few details still pending.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks between Anastasiades and Akinci have been underway since May 2015, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency