NICOSIA - A meeting of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders will be held on Tuesday, CyBC said on Saturday. The nationala broadcaster said that the UN had officially announced agreement by the two sides on the joint communique. It said that the first meeting will be held at 11.30 am on Tuesday.
Late on Friday UN Spokesman Michel Bonnardeauxs told CNA.the UN was looking to schedule a meeting for Monday.
His comment came as both leaders, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, announced their agreement to a draft joint declaration, set to pave the way for the resumption of the stalled peace talks.
“We are hoping to schedule a meeting of the two leaders on Monday,” Bonnardeaux told CNA, when invited to comment on this development.
The UN informed the government on Friday afternoon that Eroglu had agreed to the draft text, which President Anastasiades, on Thursday, described as satisfactory, stressing at the same time that this is just the beginning and not the end of a difficult task ahead.
The latest UN-led round of talks was suspended by the Turkish Cypriot side in July 2012, when Cyprus assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union. In the past few months, the negotiators of the two sides have been meeting in an effort to agree on a joint statement that would pave the way for the resumption of talks which lead to a political settlement to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.