10 December 2013 14:52

 NICOSIA - The Cyprus talks will resume when the two sides will have finalised the joint declaration, UN SG’s Special Advisor for Cyprus Alexander Downer said Tuesday.
Downer, who was received Tuesday morning by President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, told reporters after the meeting that they discussed about the joint declaration that the two sides are working on.
“This is at a very sensitive stage”, he pointed out, adding that later on he will meet with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to discuss about the same issue.
Asked if the UN will give any proposals to bridge the gap between the two sides, he reiterated that negotiations are at a very sensitive stage and said that the joint declaration is a very important part of the whole Cyprus peace process.

“Both sides want to feel comfortable with the joint declaration”, he went on to say, adding that “this is a crucial part of the process”.
Asked whether talks would begin before the end of the year, the UN official noted that talks will begin when the joint declaration is completed.

The focus at the moment, he concluded, is to finalize the joint declaration.
Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Previous UN – led efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof have failed. A renewed effort begun in September this year, with meetings between the two negotiators of the two sides as well as a meeting between the leaders of the two communities, with the aim to finalize a joint declaration that would pave the way for the Cyprus talks to resume.


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