President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will be meeting today in the context of the UN-led peace talks to find a negotiated settlement to the Cyprus issue.
According to a UN press release, the meeting will begin at 1600 local time (1300 GMT) in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia, at the Chief of Mission`s residence.
Speaking after their last meeting, on June 1st, President Christofias reiterated that he wants to continue in the most constructive way possible efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.
He also said he wants to go to next month’s meeting in Geneva with the UN Secretary General with as many convergences between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides as possible.
The President noted that they discussed the police issues, adding that “under certain circumstances, we are not particularly far from achieving absolute convergence.”
“But I want to be reserved and wait for the next meeting of our advisors. I have made a suggestion on the issue of international treaties and the competencies of the central government and the administrations of the constituent states on the issues of signing and implementing international treaties. There will be a response on the part of Eroglu and our advisors will discuss the details,” he added.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities are currently engaged in UN-led direct negotiations with an aim to reunify the island.
They are due to meet the UN Secretary General in Geneva on July 7 in an attempt to make headway towards a settlement.