Cyprus President and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to meet in Geneva on Sunday

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades departed for Geneva on Sunday, ahead of a crucial round of negotiations on the Cyprus issue beginning on Monday. The president was accompanied by the negotiating team for the talks, the foreign minister, the government spokesman and deputy government spokesman and other officials, as well as his wife.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci also departed for Geneva, changing plans to travel via Istanbul due to poor weather conditions in Turkey.

Anastasiades and Akinci are to have a meeting on Sunday night, in the presence of UN special envoy for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, to discuss the process of their three-day talks, ahead of an international conference on the security aspects on Thursday.

The Cyprus president also expects to talk on the phone with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.