Cypriot president to meet UN's Spehar ahead of dinner with Akinci

Cypriot president to meet UN's Spehar ahead of dinner with Akinci

Cyprus's President Nicos Anastasiades will receive the UN Secretary General's Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, on Friday, at the Presidential Palace.

Their meeting comes ahead of his informal dinner with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci planned for April 16.

CNA of Cyprus reports that "Spehar will host the dinner for President Anastasiades and Akinci on Monday at her residence in the UN-controlled buffer zone, in Nicosia. This will be the first time the two men will meet after the Crans Montana Conference on Cyprus, last summer, which ended inconclusively."

Referring to the UN official, UNFICYP Spokesperson Aleem Siddique said that Spehar "looks forward to hosting the leaders for their informal meeting on the 16th of April and she will continue her contacts with both sides in preparation for this meeting."

As the Cypriot Knews site reports, the government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told reporters on Wednesday that "We stand at a critical juncture. Our effort at the dinner next Monday (April 16) is to start our dialogue again, after stating the willingness of our side to resume negotiations from where they were left off."

Cyprus' Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Akinci "have been engaged in UN-backed negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem since 2015. UN-sponsored reunification talks aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof", the site reads... / IBNA

File Photo: President Nicos Anastasiades (L) with the UN Secretary General's Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar (R)

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