The Greek Cypriot side believes there is no point in holding a meeting of the leaders of the two communities in the framework of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, if there is nothing substantive agreed in a joint statement.

According to reliable sources, the joint statement was discussed at a meeting of the negotiators of the two sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Osman Ertug, on Monday.

The negotiators also discussed their forthcoming visits to Athens and Ankara, the sources said, noting however that no dates have been set and that this was up to Greece and Turkey.

The sources said that no date for the negotiators` next meeting has been set, noting however that they were in touch.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated UN-led efforts over the past decades have not led to a negotiated settlement in Cyprus. Talks are expected to resume in the coming weeks.

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