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Erdogan and Tsipras to meet on December 4

22 November 2016

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Erdogan are scheduled to meet on 4th December to discuss the issue of security and guarantees in a reunited federal Cyprus, Greek Cypriot daily ‘Phileleftheros’ reported on Tuesday.

This arrangement comes after the two Cypriot community leaders failed to reach agreement on territory at the Cyprus Summit at Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland.

A joint statement issued just after midnight local time, said Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı had been engaged in serious and sustained negotiations over the last two days in Mont Pèlerin.

Despite their best efforts, they have not been able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks,” it also said.

The final stage in the negotiations would be to agree on the date for a high-level multi-party conference on Cyprus focusing in security and guarantees, with the participation of the island’s guarantors – Greece, Turkey and the UK.

According to reports, Greece and Turkey remain seriously divided over both issues.

Greece wants the withdrawal of all Turkish troops from Cyprus and an end to the outdated right of intervention by a guarantor; Turkey remains adamant about keeping its forces on the island.

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