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Downer dinner goes well

31 May 2013

A dinner, hosted by the UN last night for Presidents Anastasiades and Eroglu, went well, it was said

Anastasiades stated that right now the Cyprus issue is in a preparatory stage.

Asked if anything interesting had come out of the dinner, he said that things are interesting if there is good will, good effort and particularly “a well prepared effort”. Right now, he added, “we are in a preparatory stage”.

President Dervis Eroglu described the dinner and the chat as “good”.

Asked whether there was any specific content in the discussion during the dinner, he referred journalists to a brief statement the UN Secretary General’s special advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer made after the dinner as follows:

Ladies and Gentlemen. I will be making a short statement and not be taking any questions.

We have had a very good evening. The dinner went very well. This has been the first opportunity for the leaders of the two communities to get together since the election of Mr. Anastasiades and it has been good to have this opportunity. It has also been good to have been joined by our spouses, especially by Mrs. Anastasiades and Mrs. Eroglu. My own wife has also been able to join us from Australia. It has also been very nice to have Ms. Buttenheim’s husband here.

The leaders of the two communities are pleased to have had this opportunity to meet and are committed to the peace process aimed at finding a solution that is acceptable to both communities and which will create a bright future for the whole island.”

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