President Anastasiades: Turkish-Cypriot leader agree to a new meeting in March

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have asked the United Nations to prepare for a new international meeting on the Cyprus issue in early March, in cooperation with the guarantor forces, the office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide announced on Wednesday.

During their meeting on Wednesday, the leaders of the two communities on Cyprus reviewed the progress made in Geneva and Mont Pelerin and also decided to meet once a week throughout February, while the negotiators will continue regular meetings three times a week.

Cyprus’ deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said that Anastasiades will contact President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos on the telephone, while sources reported that the Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides may meet Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Thursday.

Anastasiades avoided making statements regarding Wednesday’s meeting, noting that the less was said the better this was for a good climate in the talks. Questioned about tension provoked by Turkey in the Aegean, he said this was a “negative factor” but expressed hope that the problems will be overcome.