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Cyprus presidents unable to agree on Cyprob road map

11 October 2013

No meeting of the two Cypriot leaders will take place if they do not make a joint statement outlining the the framework of the Cyprus negotiations.

Following reports in the press that Presidents Eroglu and Anastasiades were due to meet to discuss the process for the Cyprus settlement on 4th November, acting spokesman for the South Cyprus government Victoras Papdopoulos refuted these reports saying “the fact the UN has denied this that says it all”.

According to ‘Hurrieyet Daily News’, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had said during a press conference on 9th October, that the two Cypriot leaders would meet on 4th November to discuss the solution process.

In response, Papdopoulos accused the Turkish side of pressuring the South. He added that his government does not want to play these kind of games. “We mean what we say. We want to engage in a dialogue to solve the Cyprus issue and such a meeting to have prospects,” he said.

He continued that it was for that reason no meeting would take place, unless there was a joint statement in readiness after the two presidents meet.

The joint statement would “define the road map and procedure of talks,” Papadopoulos explained, adding that the two leaders had different points of view on the basic framework of the discussions.

He emphasised that President Anastasiades had repeatedly explained this.

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