UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Liza Buttenheim expressed her disappointment about some “unhelpful leaks” concerning Cyprus negotiations, speaking after Friday’s meeting between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the context of the intensified phase of UN-led direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem. “At the outset of the meeting I reiterated the importance of confidentiality in this process. There were very unhelpful leaks these past few days and I have to say that apart from the fact that such leaks go against the spirit of that new phase, they are often taken out of context and sometimes are simply inaccurate”, she said. She added that the UN consider them to be “most unhelpful” and “will continue to take this position”. Asked from which side those leaks came from, she refrained characterizing where the leaks came from, pointing out however that “they were leaks”. Buttenheim said that the two leaders met Friday to continue their discussion under the governance and power-sharing chapter. “This was their second meeting under this chapter in this intensified phase. They address core issues and will continue on Tuesday 2nd August”, she said. She added that UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Alexander Downer would be back for that meeting. Cyprus was divided when Turkey invaded in 1974. UN led negotiations have been ongoing since 2008 between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, in an effort to reunite the island under a federal roof. President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu met with UN SG Ban Ki-moon in Geneva, on July 7th, and according to Ban`s statement after the meeting, they agreed to enter into an intensive period of negotiations on the core issues of the Cyprus problem, with an aim of achieving convergences before meeting again in New York, next October.

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