09 December 2013 13:40

 Backstage contacts on a joint communiqué that will pave the way for the resumption of Cyprus settlement talks are climaxing, with sources pointing to few but important differences between the two sides.
According to foreign diplomatic sources, the flurry of activity is at a critical juncture.
Despite the comings and goings and the UN’s best efforts, representatives have not managed to find common ground on the few but thornyt issues that remain pending.
According to UN circles, agreement will be tough to achieve without a significant change in stand.
In spite of a PR campaign, the Turkish side has not budged, still rejecting single citizenship, international personality and sovereignty.
The Americans seem to have taken a leading role in the process along with the UN chief’s special advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer, who returned to the island and resumes contacts today.
He is scheduled to meet the negotiators of the two sides, while tomorrow he will hold separate talks with President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.


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