11 February 2014 18:40

NICOSIA –President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu met for 80 minutes at the UN compound in the Nicosia buffer zone on Tuesday morning.

The two leaders ratified the joint declaration for the resumption of talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem and it was then read out by UN Chief of Mission Lisa Buttenheim outside the UN offices, in the presence of both leaders.

Buttenheim said negotiators of the two sides will meet this week.

There were no statements before or after the meeting. Anastasiades will be making a statement at the Presidential Palace later on Tuesday.

Anastasiades was accompanied by the Greek Cypriot side’s negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and Director of his Diplomatic Office Nicos Christodoulides, in addition to associates from both offices.

Eroglu was accompanied by six of his top aides, in addition to an interpreter.

The resumption of the UN-led talks takes place following months of discussions between the negotiators of the two sides on the text of a draft joint declaration.

The talks have the support of the international community. On Monday, the US expressed the hope rapid progress will be achieved toward a just and lasting settlement of the Cyprus problem that will be acceptable to both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.


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