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Alexander Downer is in Cyprus

20 November 2012

Alexander Downer, the United Nations envoy to Cyprus, has arrived in Cyprus for discussions with political leaders. The subject of talks will be how to re-ignite UN sponsored peace talks which are currently at stalemate.

Downer will be meeting with President Dervis Eroglu, President Christofias and Presidential Commissioner, George Iacovou.

The peace talks were postponed earlier this year. However, Mr Downer has regularly said that he believes that the two sides can find a solution. He will be reviewing the work of the technical committees in order to prepare the way for potential continuation of talks after the Republic of Cyprus presidential elections have taken place next year.

President Eroglu, speaking from Istanbul, said that the Turkish Cypriots had continued their ‘”sincere efforts” towards reaching a settlement in Cyprus within the framework of UN guidelines. He said, “we are trying to tell the world the realities. We are not without alternatives“. Mr Eroglu went on to say that every possible subject had been discussed regarding the Cyprus issue and that he wanted to see a deadline of between 6 and 18 months for the talks ending.

Efforts to reunite Cyprus have continued for over 30 years.

Mr Downer also plans to visit Ankara, Athens and London in the next few weeks.

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