Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci began on Monday morning their discussions in Mont-Pelerin with a view to reach an agreement on territorial adjustment criteria, draft a map based on them and set a date for a multi-party conference on security and guarantees.
Their meeting started with approximately one hour delay due to a meeting of the members of the UN team at the talks, which take place under the international organization`s auspices. UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide had earlier in the morning separate meetings with the leaders.
A Greek Cypriot source told CNA that the leaders` meeting will begin with a discussion on the territorial adjustment criteria. “The aim is to reach a conclusion on the criteria, then use them to draft a map and set a date for the multi-party conference,” it added.
The meeting is also attended by Eide, the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar, the two sides` negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, the Director of Anastasiades` Diplomatic Office, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides and Akinci`s spokesman Baris Burcu.
This is the second round of talks between Anastasiades and Akinci in Mont-Pelerin which began on Sunday and is due to conclude today. The first round took place on November 7-11.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.