Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Nikos Emiliou and the member of the Greek Cypriot negotiation team Toumazos Tselepis concluded on Friday a New York trip, after meeting in a working lunch with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe. The Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael also attended the meeting.

Pascoe said it would be good for both sides to reach an agreement before Cyprus assumes the EU Council Presidency, on July 2012, and expressed his disappointment for the lack of real progress in the direct talks.

Emiliou and Tselepis also met with representatives from the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, exchanging views on the course of negotiations on the Cyprus issue and the imminent Geneva meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The two government envoys also met on Thursday with UN experts, to discuss the issue of property. According to diplomatic sources, during the meeting the discussion centered on the creation of an immovable property committee following a comprehensive solution.

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