03 June 2014 08:56

NICOSIA -- President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu met for more than three hours on Monday and agreed to continue to meet twice a month to push the Cyprus peace process forward.
The two leaders met in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia in the presence of UN head of mission Lisa Buttenheim.
Neither Anastasiades nor Eroglu made any statements after their talks.
Buttenheim described the meeting as constructive and cordial. She said the two had agreed to continue to submit proposals on all core aspects of the Cyprus issue.
They also discussed the revitalisation of the technical meetings.
Anastasiades will meet again on June 23 and July 27.
During their meeting Anastasiades and Eroglu were expected to evaluate the course of negotiations so far, examine any problems arising in the process, and discuss confidence-building measures and the operation of the technical committees that have been set up for various aspects of the Cyprus issue.
Monday’s meeting was agreed on by the negotiators of the two sides during a meeting they held on May 20.
The leaders of the two communities last met on May 21 at a restaurant in the UN-controlled buffer zone, at a dinner with US Vice President Joe Biden. In statements after the dinner, Biden had said that the two leaders had agreed to expedite the process and meet at least twice a month. They had also reaffirmed their commitment to their joint statement of February 11.


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