The talks are expected to start immediately in Cyprus, followed by a conference in Geneva, Switzerland on January 9, to be attended solely by the Cypriot camps. Representatives of guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and the UK would thereafter join the conference from January 12. The two sides will present their respective maps on January 11.
The full statement by the United Nations Spokesperson, released after the dinner, follows:
“1 December 2016 – Tonight, the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, met at the Head of Mission’s Residence in the UN Protected Area (UNPA) under the auspices of the Special Adviser of the Secretary General (SASG) on Cyprus, Mr. Espen Barth Eide.
The two leaders assessed the state of play of the negotiations and exchanged views on the way forward. The leaders have decided to immediately re-engage in their negotiations and have instructed their negotiators to continue meeting in order to achieve further progress on all outstanding issues interdependently.
The leaders will also meet as required. In line with their joint resolve to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible, they further decided that they will meet in Geneva on the 9th of January 2017. On the 11th of January, they will present their respective maps. From the 12th of January, a Conference on Cyprus will be convened with the added participation of the guarantor powers. Other relevant parties shall be invited as needed”.
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